Jackie Willis and Jenny Murtaugh were recently combing through our 2008 ocelot data to identify the spot pattern of each individual. One picture didn’t match any…becuase it was a jaguar! We didn’t notice it at first because it was very close up.
Here’s the image
The camera was set a bit high, but did capture an ocelot as well, which you can see is a much smaller animal than this jaguar picture.
This jaguar was photographed only once, on 3 Oct 2008. The following year both Jackie and our cameras got pictures of a jaguar as well. However, the spot patterns don’t match up. Thus, it seems that there was one jaguar on BCI for a short bit in Oct 2008, and then a 2nd jaguar in 2009. Jaguars don’t mind swimming, so its not surprising that they would come to BCI for lunch every once in a while.