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Amy worked at Londolozi from 2014 to 2017, guiding full time before moving into the media department, where her photographic and story-telling skills shone through. Her deep love of all things wild and her spiritual connection to Africa set her writing and guiding ...

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on The Difference Between Leopard and Jaguar

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David Love
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Brilliant. Answers many questions we’ve been pondering for years.

Alessio
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It’s only my impression or a mature male leopard have more impressive neck head ratio, larger neck in proportion to the head than Jaguar that nave a larger head at all.

Evette Hartig
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Adam, thank you so much for the insight into the differences of the Jaguar and Leopard. The physical were somewhat obvious, however, I had no idea how powerful the jaw of the Jaguar was or how much they weighed. They are both such magnificent cats.

Janice Rudenauer
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How educational! I did not realize that Jaguars are/were in N. America…I have come across Mountain Lions (Puma) in Marin County and Yosemite and can just imagine I would have leapt out of my skin at the sight of a Jaguar — so fierce and beautiful! Thank you.

Jennifer Sherman
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I, too, am surprised about some of the facts I’ve learned here. I knew about the difference between the two designs of rosettes, but I could never remember which cat had which spots! Also, the difference in tail length and the reason for it was extremely interesting.I had no idea that jaguars backed up when moving pray. Anyway, I could go on and on about all of the fantastic information.

IToday, I was watching a live web can from the Djuma water hole on the Greater Kruger National Park web site. Kruger is located in Africa. As far as I can tell, they have five web cams set up, each at a different water hole. This was the first time I watched during their day, just before dusk. The other time was at night. There were interesting looking birds, a huge Water Buffalo, with one of those little pecking birds on it (they showed a close-up), and, ta da!, two magnificent Leopards!! They hung out for quite a while. That sighting is what lead me to this site, in search of the Leopard/Jaguar difference information.

I live in the United States on the west coast. There have been black jaguar sittings in Texas. And yesterday I watched an interesting documentary about black Jaguars in a different part of the country (I forget which state. I’ll see if the Animal Planet site has the info.). If I find it, I’ll post it here. It is thought that they might be escaped “pets,” because they’ve never been seen there before. They are living in the proximity of homes and towns. They don’t bother the people, except for them having to keep a close eye on their dogs, so, there they will stay. 🙂

Jimmy Hawk
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I believe it was in Alabama.

Michael Klauber
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Thanks Adam – great to be able to see the differences in these two beautiful cats!

Arden Zalman
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Adam–this is fantastic. After being in Londolozi in March & then in the Pantanal in August, I was able to see the differences in the cats first-hand. After 15 jaguar sightings in 5 days (all along the river bank from a small boat) I really love the Londolozi leopards–especially the C.P.M. I will return next year but will not return to the Pantanal–for a few reasons, but not the jaguars. Thanks for the pictures. They are awesome!

Rich Laburn
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Fascinating blog and great to be able to reference the difference between these two impressive cats on one page. Thanks for putting this together Ad. rich

Monica Lorch
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I’ve been in both places,saw both cats and love this explanation,it was very informative!
I hope i will be back soon to both places!!
By the way,could you please send our love to Talley Smith?
Thank you and congrats for your wonderful blog 🙂

Adri Pretorius
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Thank you very much.

walter ferguson
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Brilliant write up again thanks love reading about wild cats

Christiaan Rabie
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Thank you Adam, great to see the 2 cats matched like this. Is it perhaps possible to order the Projecto Oncafari T-shirts?

Regards

MJ
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Thank you Adam! it does clear up some questions regarding the leopard & jaguar.. Both are beautiful cats.. The leopard I think is a bit more elegant…

Pauline
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I would be so grateful if you would tell me which kinds of trees leopards seem to favour, and also which types of trees jaguars favour.

I hope your knowledge of trees is as good as that of your leopards.

Thank for such a lovely site you have shared with us.

Kind regards

Russell
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Very informative. Are Black Panthers Leopards or Jaguars?

Liam
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Jaguars.

Donald Sullivan
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Either one can be called a panther if black in color, and also the North American Cougar.

Rebecca Harvey
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They can technically be either, mainly due to semantics. If a leopard is black (but upon a closeup look you can see the rosettes) then it may frequently called a black panther. However, there does not actually exist a large cat that is simply known as a panther. So this car should be technically called a black leopard. The exact same thing would be true for s jaguar, so it would be or should be called black jaguar. It’s just a double recessive color gene called mellanism. It even happens in tigers, if you were to look up “black tigers” you would see one, and also very faintly you’d see the stripes. But, taking all that into consideration, people still commonly refer to pumas/mountain lions as simply “panthers.”

Helen Vejar
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I agree with many of the comments made by the previous readers. I am very appreciative of the information you gave us regarding your personal observations of the Leopard and the Jaguar. They are magnificant! Actually, all of the Big Cats and all Animals in general are just stunning. I am glad and happy that you can realize all this and how fortunate it is for you and the animals. Thank you for your work.

Katherine D
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Great explanation, this was a great resource for my young daughter and I. She is fascinated by large cats and hope to work with them one day. Your explanations have educated so we now know the differences between the two. Maybe one day we can travel to assist with conservation. Both are beautiful animals and thank you for this great educational tool.

Jermie
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Awesome write up!

Mohideen irfan
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My god, now i am clear about these two wild cats….. Very happy and thanks..,.

Deby OFlanagan
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Very well written and easy to follow and understand.

The pictures in your piece helped a lot.

Thanks

Karen H
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Thank you for this very informative post – I have been wondering about this for a while now…
They are such beautiful and majestic creatures – to be able to see them in the wild! Thank you for your work.
All the best, Karen

sam harrison
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brilliant, have now been able to answer a question that my daughter asked me.

Rich Laburn
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Great stuff Sam, your daughter might find our Cubs Den blog interesting as it answers numerous wildlife and nature related questions which children often ask – http://www.londolozi.com/cubsden/

Sid
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This is a fantastic article. Thanks for sharing this and enabling enhancement of knowledge on the subject.

Rich Laburn
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Thanks Sid, glad you found it useful. Feel free to share it. rich

subhasis satapathy
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nicely described with demonstrating photographs also,,, thanks a lot.

Wes Gordon
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Very, very interesting! I have always wondered about the difference between the two cats. And to make the subject even more attractive to me was to recently learn from the ‘ol boob tube that they have actual documented proof of the jaguar being spotted as far north as mid Arizona!! Actually caught the animal on film! I suppose such an elusive animal is almost impossible to study or keep track of.
Thanks again for the info!!!

Rich Laburn
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Hi Wes, thats absolutely fascinating. It never fails to suprise me how versatile and adaptable both the leopard and jaguar are to new habitats and territories. This is true for their ability to not only survive, but thrive in these seemingly far removed areas. Thanks for your comments, im glad you found the information useful.. rich

Judson Bagwell
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These really are fascinating animals, and you have done a wonderful job comparing the two. I appreciate how easy this was to read and understand. It seems most articles about wildlife are either far too long and wordy, or are written in a more scholarly form which can be a little difficult to understand. You have really peaked my interest in these beautifully powerful cats.

Judson Bagwell
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Piqued* not peaked

Rich Laburn
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Great to hear Judson, we aim to provide entertaining yet educational content about these magnificent cats as well as other wildlife species which we have the privilege of viewing on a daily basis. Please feel free to ask any further questions and we will try our best to answer them. rich

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