Top Five Friday: Feline Facts from the Sky Islands
By Katherine A. Thichava
The Sky Islands of the southwest United States and northwest Mexico are home to three wild cats: the jaguar, ocelot, and mountain lion. These beautiful felines are top predators, playing a key role in the health and well-being of their environment. Keep reading to learn five amazing facts about these cats.
1. In all major Mesoamerican civilizations, a jaguar god was present in their pantheons. Among the Olmec, it also figured prominently in their shamanism tradition.
2. Jaguars are they only extant New World member of the Panthera genus. Their closest relatives are the spotted leopards in Africa, but jaguars are generally larger and studier than the leopard.
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