The third largest feline in the world, the jaguar is the only member of the Panthera genus native to the Americas. They can be found in the southwestern United States, Mexico, and throughout Central America. Their primary habitats include rainforests, swamps, and wooded areas.
Symbolically, jaguars are very important to many south Americancultures. For example, in the Aztec civilization jaguars were seenas the rulers and warriors of the wild, and the Aztecs honoredtheir best warriors by naming them jaguar knights. Similarly, theMoche culture of Peru used the image of the jaguar to depict power,and often included portrayals of them in their art. We can onlyhope that you draw your own strength and inspiration from thisbeautifully crafted jaguar figurine!