The Jaguar is being re-introduced to the Ibeta marshes. It is a very involved project run by Conservation Land Trust which has been ongoing since 2010. The project currently now has a male and female but there is no sign of any offspring yet. The idea is that when the cubs are born they will be brought up in their huge enclosure without any human contact.
The project is still in its infancy but one day in the near future there will once again be Jaguars roaming the Ibera marshes.
The Jaguar is the largest big cat in the Americas and ranks third in size globally after the Lion. It is considered NT according the IUCN redllist and its numbers are declining rapidly due to loss of habitat. It also frequently comes into conflict with cattle ranchers and is illegally shot.
It is highly muscled and stocky and has spots covering its coat that resemble those of the African Leopard. It usually weighs between 50-100kg although larger males have been recorded. It is a good swimmer and thus likes marshes and other water bodies. It is also a good climber and spends most of its tiime alone except when breeding or raising cubs which like most mammals is attended to by the female.