Jaguars of the Northern Pantanal

Jaguars of the Northern Pantanal

Panthera Onca at the Meeting of the Waters

1st Edition - June 10, 2020

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  • Authors: Paul Brooke, Paul Donahue
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128221389

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Jaguars of the Northern Pantanal: Panthera Onca at the Meeting of the Waters details the lives and behaviors of this subpopulation of jaguars through one-of-a-kind photographs from 26 international photographers, as well as illustrations, maps, waypoints, scientific insights, field journal excerpts and personal narratives. The book seeks to understand how locals can coexist with these cats while benefitting financially through ecotourism. Users will find this book to be a conceptual model to apply to other subpopulations in order to save jaguars throughout North and South America. It is an ideal resource for researchers and practitioners in wildlife conservation, naturalism ecotourism and biologists.

Key Features

  • Edited and supported by the Panthera organization, a leading, global non-profit dedicated to the education and protection of the world’s large cat species
  • Identifies individual jaguars and family connections, following them through time and lineage
  • Provides new insights on how tourism impacts jaguars and their hunting behavior
  • Examines the negative perception of jaguars in the region as ranchers start to see the financial benefits of ecotourism and the poaching culture becomes increasingly taboo


Researchers and practitioners in conservationism, biology, and ecotourism; Advanced undergraduate and graduate students in wildlife biology, mammal conservation, and ecotourism courses

Table of Contents

  • Section 1: Introduction

    Section 2: Individual jaguars

    1. Identifying individual jaguars - Paul Brooke and Paul Donahue

    Section 3: Setting the scene

    2. Habitat for Jaguars - Paul Donahue

    Section 4: Jaguar biology

    3. Characteristics and physiology - Paul Brooke

    4. Once they were even larger - Paul Brooke

    5. Prey items of jaguars - Paul Brooke

    6. Bite force and consumption of prey - Paul Brooke

    7. Tree-climbing ability of jaguars

    8. Territories, population density, and  the jaguar corridor - Paul Brooke

    9. Flehmen response and scent lures - Paul Brooke

    10. The not so solitary - Paul Donahue

    11. Mating, cub rearing, and natal disperal - Paul Brooke

    12. Suffering and grooming - Paul Brooke

    13. Aging and geriatric jaguars - Paul Brooke

    Section 5: Jaguar tourism and conservation

    14. Jaguar tourism - Paul Donahue

    15. The scourge of humans - Paul Brooke

    16. Jaguars have a cow problem - Paul Donahue

    17. Safeguarding cattle with cattle and water buffaloes - Paul Brooke

    18. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals - Paul Donahue

    19. Hydrophilia and mercury poisoning - Paul Brooke

    Section 6: Miscellaneous

    20. Isca da Onça - Paul Donahue

    21. Miscellaneous observations and information - Paul Donahue

    22. Field notes - Paul Donahue

    23. Pantanal way points for 2017 and 2019 - Paul Donahue

    24. Jaguar identification guide examples and names - Abbie Martin, Paul Brooke

    Section 7: Final thoughts

    25. Laying aside fear, embracing beauty - Paul Brooke

    Authors' biographies


Product details

  • No. of pages: 350
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: June 10, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128221389

About the Authors

Paul Brooke

Paul Brooke is currently a Professor at Grand View University. Previously, he was a biologist for the Fish and Wildlife Service on the North Slope of Alaska, a naturalist for the U.S. Forestry Service on Lake Superior and at Wenatchee in Washington State. He is the author of four previously-published books, including on the wildlife and ecosystem of the Amazon and Pantanal region. His contribution of research for this book is the result of his completed sabbatical through Grand View University on Panthera Onca: Jaguars of the Northern Pantanal.

Affiliations and Expertise

Paul Brooke is currently a Professor at Grand View University.

Paul Donahue

Paul Donahue is a naturalist, artist, photographer and environmentalist from California. He has been working in the South American tropics since 1972, and with jaguars in the northern Pantanal since 2007. During that time he spent six seasons working as the jaguar biologist/naturalist for local ecotourism operators. In addition to jaguars, he has worked extensively with South American birds, conducting avifaunal surveys, recording hundreds of hours of bird vocalizations, and leading many birding trips. With his wife Teresa he has constructed rainforest canopy walkways in Peru and Costa Rica, and built dozens of canopy observation platforms. The two have also conducted many guide training workshops in Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil.

Affiliations and Expertise

Paul Donahue is a naturalist, artist, photographer and environmentalist from California, who has been working with jaguars in the northern Pantanal since 2007.

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  • Susan B. Mon Jun 29 2020

    JAGUARS OF THE NORTHERN PANTANAL Panthera onca at the Meeting of the Waters

    Wildlife and ecosystem monographs are thankfully becoming more numerous. But to attempt such with a species so totally elusive and self-sufficient, whose known record of research is practically zero, requires a most unusual and unlimited tenacity and passion. Paul Brooke and Paul Donahue's book is an unusually complete work on this legendary but unstudied large cat. When a creature's habitat is thousands of miles away and where one must endure sitting for hours in mud, heat, humidity, rain and biting insects produc-ing years of blank pages in one's field book and only imaginary (or imagined?) sightings are guaranteed, obtaining the requisite data over years of the same individuals takes dedication if not total obsession. Nuanced behaviors of individual cats of all ages over time, personally observed and rigorously analyzed remains the classic backbone of this study, but so too is their invaluable method of non-invasive identification of the individual jaguars. There are hundreds of incredibly intimate photographs and drawings thus giving readers entree to the world of these spectacular felines. There is also much excitement in this brilliantly presented and, I am pleased to say, artistically rendered. It is exemplary in every way as to what is required to produce meaningful and original research. Susan Barron, Brooklyn, N.Y.