The North American jaguar is on the brink of extinction in the U.S. The jaguar is the only “big cat” native to the Americas. (Globally, big cats or the genus panthera include lions, tigers, leopards, and jaguars.)
This symbol of America’s rugged West represents the wild beauty of our country—a beauty that is literally about to cease to exist if we do not do something about it. There are two cats still roaming the U.S. It is believed that both are males.
The only known female jaguars in proximity to the U.S. remain in Mexico.