SS: i think i am going to go see these two newborn jaguars in july since they are still to small to venture out until then .. i think seeing them while they are still cubs is important because can always see them when they are full grown .  these are two “animals that kill in a single bound”.

Distribution and habitat It has been an American cat since crossing the Bering Land Bridge during the Pleistocene epoch; the immediate ancestor of modern animals is Panthera onca augusta, which was larger than the contemporary cat. Its present range extends from Mexico, through Central America and into South America, including much of Amazonian Brazil. The countries included in this range are Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica (particularly on the Osa Peninsula), Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, the United States and Venezuela. The jaguar is now extinct in El Salvador and Uruguay.

The inclusion of the United States in the list is based on occasional sightings in the southwest, particularly in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. In the early 20th century, the jaguar’s range extended as far north as the Grand Canyon, and as far west as Southern California.

One of two jaguar cubs born at the San Diego Zoo on April 27 sits on a scale in this handout photograph taken on May 9, 2012. The 12-day-old cub, which weighs 4.2 pounds (1.9 kg), is still too young to get on and off the scale on its own. The pair are the first jaguars born at the San Diego Zoo since 1989. Although these two young cubs may look adorable, females can grow to 70 pounds (32 kg) while males can reach 120 pounds (54 kg). Jaguars are the largest cats in the Western Hemisphere and the third largest of the world’s cats. REUTERS/Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo/Handout (UNITED STATES – Tags: ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

3-Week-Old Jaguars Unveiled in California Male and female siblings are the San Diego Zoo’s first jaguar cubs in 30 years. The male takes after his laid back dad, Guapo, and the female has a more spirited charactar like her feistier mother, Nindiri. Jaguars range from 70-249 lbs. They are the largest cat in the Western Hemisphere and the 3rd largest of the world cats. The South American word for jaguar, yaguara means “animal that kills in a single bound”.  ABC News Videos

A young male jaguar peeks at the outdoors as his mother Nindiri stands by in this handout photo taken at the San Diego Zoo in San Diego, California June 19, 2012. The male cub and his sister were born on April 26 and are just being introduced to their outdoor area. REUTERS/Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo/Handout (UNITED STATES – Tags: ANIMALS)