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Alessio
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How much bigger is Fantasma than Campan male leopard

Adam Bannister
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Alessio Fantasma is as big as a lioness. A female jaguar here (example Teorema) is roughly the same size as Camp Pan. Jaguars are significantly bigger. Jaguars in the Pantanal are roughly two times the size of the individuals in the Amazon. We think this is due to diet

Alessio
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Thank you Adam!

Arden Zalman
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Absolutely beautiful animals. Thank you Adam for your updates on the progress the team is making. Having just been to the Pantanal I can appreciate how difficult it is for you. Stunning pictures.

Leslie Backus
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Today I watched a show called The Phantom Cat which was filmed somewhere in the Pantanol about jaguars. Adam, you have probably seen it or even were involved in making it but it is very interesting. Among lots of other behavior they filmed a jaguar killing a caiman. I was amazed that the cat actually went underwater and seemed to roll around with the caiman and come out on top. They have to be amazingly strong! I can see why you are dedicated to this project. If anyone would like to find this show it was shown on Nat Geo Wild and the filmmaker was Christian Baumeister.

david
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In all the posts i’ve read about the pantanal, the jaguars are only eating cows, do they eat anything else the in the caiman ecological refuge, like peccaries or anything else?

Adam Bannister
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Great question David. If you follow our blog oncafarijaguarproject.wordpress.com you will see that this week coming up we are posting an entire piece on a typical jaguars diet. You will find it eats almost anything – Adam

Sheena
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Don’t get too close then Adam!
So good to be introduced to these amazing animals, sounds like you are loving it out there.

Leslie Backus
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In the show I watched, besides killing and eating the caiman (which I never knew was a crocodile) the jaguar also hunted capybara. I believe they mentioned tapirs and some kind of deer were also prey. They did say that if natural prey was available that is what jaguars prefer. This is all based on a documentary I watched which did NOT make me an expert.

Shardool Kulkarni
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Do most jaguars in the study area have only a single cub in their litters? This is because all the females have only a single cub. Is it possible that Yara is Esperanza’s mother? And what happened to Esperanza’s first litter?

John Holley
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Great work Ad!

Careful in the Piranha infested waters!

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