Wildlife

At peace with the jaguar

Print edition : May 15, 2015

A jaguar (Panthera onca) in the Pantanal wetlands in Brazil. Photo: Aditya "Dicky" Singh

Once heavily hunted as a trophy and for its coat, the jaguar (here, in the forests of the Pantanal) is now a protected species. Photo: Aditya "Dicky" Singh

Jaguar tourism in the rivers of the Pantanal is popular. Here, Aditya "Dicky" Singh, above right, with his associate in the Cuiaba river. Photo: By Special Arrangement

Aditya Singh in Ranthambhore, Rajasthan, photographing tigers. Photo: Andy Rouse

A jaguar making a splash in the Cuiaba river in the Pantanal. Photo: Aditya "Dicky" Singh

Tourist guides and other local people in the Pantanal see the jaguar as harmless and the "epitome of innocence". Photo: Aditya "Dicky" Singh

At sunset in the wetlands spread over an estimated area of 15,000 square kilometres in Brazil and extending into Bolivia and Paraguay. Photo: Aditya "Dicky" Singh

A jaguar cooling off in the Cuiaba. Photo: Aditya "Dicky" Singh

A jaguar attacking a caiman in the Cuiaba. Photo: Aditya "Dicky" Singh

Black Skimmers (Rynchops niger) flying around a Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris), said to be the largest rodent in the world, in the Cuiaba at sunset. Photo: Aditya "Dicky" Singh

A pair of Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria), a large stork common in the Pantanal. Photo: Aditya "Dicky" Singh

A male ringed kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata). Photo: Aditya "Dicky" Singh

A female ringed kingfisher, which is more colourful than the male. Photo: Aditya "Dicky" Singh

A hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) nesting in a tree hole in the Pantanal. Photo: Aditya "Dicky" Singh

The hyacinth macaw is the largest of the macaws and can grow up to one metre in length. Here, roosting on a tree in the Pantanal. Photo: Aditya "Dicky" Singh

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