• Third-largest feline
  • New World animal
  • Largest and most powerful feline in the Western Hemisphere
  • Found in Mexico, Central America, and South America
  • Closely resembles the leopard
  • Spotted coat
  • Prefers to live in dense jungle
  • Will range across a variety of forested and open terrain
  • Associated with water
  • Enjoys swimming
  • Largely solitary
  • Stalk-and-ambush predator
  • Plays an important role in stabilizing ecosystems and regulating the populations of prey species
  • Has an exceptionally powerful bite