Jaguars, native apex predators in vast parts of the Americas, are being threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, according to wildlife activists and advocates.

“Jaguar populations are mainly threatened due to habitat loss and fragmentation, decline of their natural prey and poaching or hunting (for trophy hunting or illegal trade) or retaliatory killings,” Maria Jose Villanueva, conservation director of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Mexico, told Anadolu Agency.

Speaking on the occasion of International Jaguar Day, which is observed annually on Nov. 29, Villanueva said jaguars (whose name is derived from the Native American word “yaguar,” meaning “he who kills

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