Jaguar

Jaguar - The largest land carnivore in Costa Rica is the jaguar. This cat is at the top of the rainforest food chain and so hunts almost anything smaller than itself including peccaries, turtles, deer, iguanas, monkeys and even tapirs. Its spotted yellow-brown fur provides superb camouflage that enables it to stalk and ambush prey amongst the vegetation of the forest floor. The National Parks Service welcomes support to help combat deforestation and hunting of both the jaguar and its prey, which have severely depleted populations around the country. Rescue Centres in Costa Rica such as Las Pumas and ZooAve care for young wild cats orphaned by hunters.