This material has been published in Chapter 18, pp. 403-416 in: Macdonald, D.W. & Loveridge, A. (Eds). 2010. The biology and Conservation of Wild Felids. Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom.. Copyright and all rights therein are retained by the publishers.


The ecology of jaguars in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize

Bart J. Harmsen, Rebecca J. Foster, Scott C. Silver, Linde E. T. Ostro, and C. Patrick Doncaster

This case study summarises our knowledge of the jaguar population in and around the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS), in Belize, Central America. It outlines the beginnings of research on what has become one of the best-studied jaguar populations to date. Here we present data on population density, demographics, territoriality, temporal and spatial interactions with pumas (Puma concolor), and feeding ecology of jaguars in a tropical forest habitat.

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