With only 600 individuals left in the wild, it's extremely rare to catch sight of a black jaguar. To see one paddling through the Amazon River is an even rarer sight.

Jaguars are strong swimmers and climbers and require large areas of tropical rain forest and stretches of riverbank to survive.

A model for conservation, the Amazon Region Protected Areas ensures 150 million acres—three times the size of all US parks combined—of the Amazon are protected in perpetuity.

A group led by the World Wildlife Fund spotted just that in the 150 million-acre Amazon Region Protected Areas.

Black jaguars are cats with a dominant gene for melanism, meaning that their dark coats nearly blot out the distinctive yellow and black rosette patterns that most jaguars have.

As the video shows, these apex predators are powerful swimmers, thanks to their stocky, muscular limbs.

Listed as near threatened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, jaguars suffer from habitat loss and fragmentation, as well as hunting for their prized coats. See this page for ways to help save jaguars.


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  2. Thank you for a truly amazing look at the beautiful panther.

  3. Very lucky to get a chance for such a capture. I know the Jaguar well because I am a serious researcher in the US that has tracked sightings here, almost all on the eastern side, since my own personal sighting in NC in 2013. I have contacted over 100 viewers of this cat and am shocked that the Govt takes the position there is not a SINGLE Jaguar in the U.S. I am pretty sure I know the reason.

  4. What an absolutely precious animal. We need to protect the Amazon!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I give to the World Wildlife Foundation every month. Glad to know that the cat is protected and thriving!

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