Coming to the Pantanal in August–magnificent animals!
An incredible day describes very little of the guest experience at the Caiman Ecological Refuge during this week. When leaving for a photographic safari the guests found a jaguar on the edge of a water hole. And as if that was not enough, its cub appeared to the surprise of everyone.
Thanks to the Habituation Programme of the Caiman Refuge and the Onçafari Project as well as all the techniques learnt from Lawrence, Simon and the experiences we had at Londolozi many Caiman guests are having incredible wildlife experiences viewing jaguars. The animals are getting so accustomed to vehicles that they now fall asleep next to the car. Check out the photo below that shows the jaguar cub breastfeeding on its mother, evidence of how this project is being conducted with responsibility and respect for nature. Soon after feeding the cub fell asleep.
Besides the tranquility of the cub, we can see how the mother jaguar was confortable with our presence there. She started to play and roll in the sand at the edge of the water hole. Shortly after she fell asleep too. At this moment we got our way out leaving them in the same place where we have found them without disturbing the wildlife.
The Caiman Ecological Refuge offers one of the best wildlife experiences in Brazil and is increasingly able to show visitors wild Jaguars in their natural environment.
Written & Photographed by: Helder Brandão (Caiman Environmental Manager)
Filed under Restoration Wildlife
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.