Arizona’s Only Known Jaguar Given a Name

Jaguar (Panthera onca) by Gary M. Stolz of the USFWS. Public domain.
Jaguar (Panthera onca) by Gary M. Stolz of the USFWS. Public domain.

In a previous post, I mentioned that the Center for Biological Diversity was hosting a contest to name the United States’ only known jaguar. That contest is now over.

Students at Felizardo Valencia Middle School in Tuscon were given the final say, and they named him “El Jefe:” “The Boss.”

While El Jefe is not the name I was hoping for, it is quite fitting. Jaguars are the apex land predator throughout their range, as the students at Felizardo Valencia Middle School pointed out.

El Jefe has been in the United States since 2012, so it is about time he was given a name. This will help him stand out in the minds of the American people, hopefully raising support for jaguar recovery in the U.S.

To read the original article from the Arizona Daily Star, click hereThe Center for Biological Diversity also has a wealth of information about U.S. jaguars on its website

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