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The jaguar is one of the largest feline species in Central and South America, with an average adult male growing to 7 feet in length and weighing 200 pounds. Their range stretches from the southern tip of Mexico to the thick forests of the Amazon Basin.  However, the Amazon, particularly the Pantanal (a large tropical wetland spanning across Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay), is where the majority of the jaguar population resides.  Their habitat has been fragmented due to rapid expansion of agriculture, ranching and continuing deforestation throughout Central and South America.

According to Victor M. Villalobos, Director General of the Inter American Institute for the Cooperation on Agriculture, Latin America holds 42 percent of the world’s agricultural expansion potential. With growing human populations in South America and the necessity for economic stimulus, many countries are exploring new options for land use.

Agricultural practices have profound effects on biodiversity. Much like…

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