Some Amazon jaguars have adapted to live in treetops to avoid flooding

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A jaguar in a tree in the Amazon river basin in Brazil

Emiliano Esterci Ramalho

One of the largest predators in the Amazon is learning to live the high life due to seasonal flooding of forests.

Jaguars (Panthera onca) have adapted to spend much of their time in trees for several months every year in the Amazon river basin.

“This behaviour is unique because we know that jaguars can swim and jaguars can climb trees. What was surprising to us is that jaguars can remain and survive on top of trees for that amount of time,” says Emiliano Ramalho …

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