Overview Pantanal and Atlantic Rainforest Gallery - cherylpelavinphoto
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South American jaguar

South American jaguar

These astonishingly beautiful and powerful keystone cats are drawn to the river side during the dry winter of the Pantanal. As the sun sinks, the air cools and the cats show interest in the caiman, now plentiful due to the shrinking of the river waters. This is the only extant panthera species native to the Americas. It is the third largest of the big cats. Here he pauses before he leaps.

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