Symbolically, jaguars are very important to many south American cultures. For example, in the Aztec civilization jaguars were seen as the rulers and warriors of the wild, and the Aztecs honored their best warriors by naming them jaguar knights. Similarly, the Moche culture of Peru used the image of the jaguar to depict power, and often included portrayals of them in their art. We can only hope that you draw your own strength and inspiration from this beautifully crafted jaguar figurine!
- Recommended Age: 3+
- Size in cm: 10.75 L x 5 H
- Size in inches: 4.23 L x 1.97 H
- UPC: 095866227708
Once found all across South America, Central America, and well into the western North American continent, they are now found only in isolated pockets outside of the Amazon Basin. Loss of habitat and prey are large factors in their drop in numbers, but sport hunting and persecution by ranchers also have a serious impact on their population. They are currently listed as Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). They were once hunted extensively for their pelts with an estimated 18,000 killed each year but in 1973 the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) put a stop to much of the trade.