Jaguar Reproductive Behaviour

by Michael
(London, UK)

I am pleased to hear that continuing research into the rare Jaguar, the third largest wild cat, in Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica has turned up some excellent results and pictures…..

camera trap picture jaguar costa rica

This photograph was taken automatically by the camera trap. It is the property of Eduardo Carrillo who worked with Joel Saenz of the National University in Heredia in Costa Rica and of Todd Fuller, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, US on the research. I have used it without permission because I cannot contact them. I am prepared to pay for its use and contribute to the research financially.

Map picture

The park is “bottom left” on the map above.

Camera trapping (taking photographs automatically when the animal passes in front of the camera) started in 2003 on this project. It was found that the Jaguar:

  • frequently feed on peccaries and marine turtles (see image below of a marine turtle)
  • that a cub born to a tracked mother remained with the mother until 19-20 months of age and  also that
  • the mother became pregnant again some 22 months later.

marine turtles

Photo: by Jared Kelly

It was concluded that jaguars in the wild give birth every 22-24 months and that the offspring become independent after 18-24 months.

Clearly, it is important to know as much as possible about these particular matters as it goes to the root of concerns regarding the survival of this wild cat.

There are still a number of wild cats, particularly the small ones about which we known very little indeed. See:

As just three examples.

From Jaguar Reproductive Behaviour to Jaguar Wild Cat

Jaguar Reproductive Behaviour – Source: BBC Earth News

Photo: published under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs creative commons License  — this site is for charitable purposes in funding cat rescue.

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Jun 22, 2009
Thanks Rudolph
by: Michael (PoC Admin)

Hi Thanks for being a loyal visitor! and the nice comment…

Jun 22, 2009
Jaguar reproductive behaviour.
by: Rudolph.A.Furtado

Thanks,excellent article.

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