You have found the Jaguar SSP© website.
The Jaguar Species Survival Plan© is a program of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. It consists of thirty-nine zoos that are dedicated to long-term management and conservation of the jaguar. Although the jaguar is listed as an endangered species, it is not likely to become extinct in the immediate future. The SSP’s primary mission is education. It is not our goal to breed animals for release back into the wild. Instead, SSP participants work toward

maintaining a genetically healthy population of jaguars in zoos so their visitors can become aware of the largest cat in the Americas. SSP participants focus on educating their visitors about ecosystem conservation, presenting the jaguar as the apex, or top, predator in a complex web of interaction among plant and animal species – including humans. If jaguars thrive in the wild, chances are very good that most of the other species in the system are thriving. Where jaguars have disappeared from their former range, chances are likewise good that other species there are in trouble, too.

While you are here, take a good look around. You will uncover answers to questions about jaguars and wildlife in the Americas.
You will find more information about jaguars and conservation. There are pictures and classroom activities. You can share in the adventure of field research and projects involving zoos in North, Central and South America. If you like what you find here, we will also help you link to other websites with similar themes.
There is even an opportunity to e-mail us with questions.

Now, get ready to discover the world of the jaguar and to find out that jaguars are a part of your world, too. Just click on one of the icons at left to begin...

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Interesting Facts

  • Did you know that jaguars used to live in every American country except Canada?
  • Did you know that jaguars played– and continue to play– a central role in many traditional cultures of the Americas?
  • Did you know that jaguars live in deserts, marshes and mountains, as well as the rainforest?

Sponsored By:

Palm Beach Zoo American Zoo and
Aquarium Association
Fort Worth Zoo