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The Jaguar

The Jaguar.

The Jaguar (Panthera onca) is the largest wild cat of South America and the third largest feline of the world (after tiger and lion), his range extend from Mexico to north Argentina.

Adults jaguars can reach a lenght of 180cm (250cm with the tail) and an average weight of 100kg. In the Pantanal have been found a jaguar of 150kg weight. The jaguars of the Pantanal are bigger than the jaguars of other regions such as the Amazon. Jaguars are solitary animals, in the Pantanal males defend a range of up to 100km2 and meet with females only to mate. The home range of a male may overlap the range of three females. Breeding occurs throughout the year, and females have up to four cubs, which disperse after two years.

Unlike many other cats, jaguars do not avoid water; in fact, they are good swimmers. In the rivers jaguars find prey in the form of caiman, capybara, turtle and even fish. Jaguars also eat larger animals such as deer, peccaries, and tapirs. They sometimes climb trees to prepare an ambush, killing their prey with one powerful bite.
Due to habitat loss and fragmentation the number of jaguar in South America is declining and now it's listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List.
The Brazilian Pantanal is home to the highest density of jaguars in the world. In this region, Panthera's Pantanal Jaguar Project is creating one of the world's largest, intact, protected jaguar corridors – and partnering with local cattle ranchers to establish a model of ranching that is compatible with jaguar conservation. See the Jaguar Corridor Initiative.

The best time to visit the Pantanal with the aim to photograph wild jaguars is the dry season, from June to November. Check-out our tours and pictures!


  • Family: Felidae
  • Species: Panthera onca
  • Lenght: 180 cm max (plus the tail)
  • Height: 80 cm at shoulders
  • Weight: 150 kg max
  • Life span: ~15 years
  • Conservation Status: NT - Near Threatened


Jaguar photography at Porto Jofre may be very productive. The following pictures were taken by our staff during our jaguar safaris in the Cuiabá river and tributaries (Porto Jofre region). Come to photograph with us!

Jaguar Safaris

We are specialized in jaguar photo safaris.

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North Pantanal

Just Jaguars!

Jaguar Photography at Porto Jofre

This exclusive wildlife tour will engage you in the jaguar experience of a lifetime. You will explore Porto Jofre, a remote fishing village located at the southern end of the Transpantaneira Park Road. The area offers real chances of photographing wild Jaguars.

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North Pantanal

Jaguars & Wildlife

Porto Jofre + Transpantaneira

A wealth of birds, mammals and reptiles will welcome you on this exciting tour! You will leave wanting to come back for more! You will explore some of the finest wildlife sites in the Pantanal, including a privately owned reserve located off the Transpantaneira Partk Road, and a fishing village where Jaguar sightings are almost guaranteed!

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North Pantanal

The Jaguars of the
Taiama Reserve

This tour to the Pantanal takes you to the province of Cáceres, where you will explore the Paraguay River to seek jaguars out. The route also includes the Taiamã Reserve, a 27,000 acre wilderness area where jaguar sightings frequently occur. The Taiamã Reserve has been recognized Ecological Reserve by the Chico Mendes Institute in 1981.

5 Days
ultimate pantanal tour
North & South Pantanal

South & North Pantanal
Ultimate Photo Expedition

This exclusive photo expedition will engage you in the birding, mammals and jaguar experience of a lifetime. While many tours focus on jaguar watching only, this tour has been crafted to accommodate the interests of customers wanting to enjoy traditional game drives, nature walks and world-class jaguar safaris.

12 Days

Join a Jaguar Safari lead by a National Geographic Photographer

Sergio Pitamitz, Photographer represented by National Geographic Image Collection


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Chris Schmid, Sony Ambassador, National Geographic Explorer represented by National Geographic Image Collection

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