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Rich Laburn

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on Meet the Caiman’s Jaugars

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Arden Zalman
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Coming to the Pantanal in August–magnificent animals!

Mary Beth Wheeler
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Congratulations on all your habituation and conservation efforts! It is indeed wonderful to be able to see such gorgeous animals in their natural setting!

Mary Hubbard
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All these cats are so strikingly beautiful! This may be a silly question, but how do you tell the difference between leopards and jaguars?

Kate Neill
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Never a silly question Mary! I agree that is can be difficult to tell the difference, especially when looking at pictures as they do not give a good perspective of size. One of the major differences is that the Jaguars are a lot bigger that Leopards, sometimes almost double the weight. The Jaguar although heavier than the leopard is shorter and stockier, and the leopard has longer legs and is a little more lean. The jaw of a jaguar is a lot stronger than the leopard because they break their prey’s skull in order to kill it and the leopards rather suffocate their prey. Another major difference is their habitat, leopards are found in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East while jaguars are found in South and Central America.
I hope that this has helped with your question.

Kindest regards,
Kate Neill

Betti zucker
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breathe taking animals…. beautiful pictures…. thank you all

Ginny Race
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Thank you great photos, I was thinking about the same question as Mary, what is the difference between the two

MJ
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Thank you for sharing. What a wonderful opportunity to view one of natures magnificent creatures. Also thanks for the explanation of the differences between the Jaguar and the Leopard.

Louise Taback
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Thank you for sharing and explaning the diffrence between these AWESOME
creatures!!!!

Ginny Race
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Thank you kate, now we know

Mary Hubbard
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Thanks Kate!!! Your explanation was so helpful! 🙂

HENRY KAGO
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Hi Kate,

I was wondering whether there’s any difference with the coat patterns of the two big cats…?
Could you shed some light on this?

Kate Neill
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Hi Henry. There is a ver subtle difference on the pattern of the coat, the markings on their coats are both called Rosettes. The rosettes on a jaguar’s coat are larger, fewer in number, usually darker, and have thicker lines and small spots in the middle that the leopard lacks.

I hope this helps!
Thanks,
Kate

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