The face of a jaguar
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Editorial, assignment & stock photography from Belize. Pictures, images and photos of nature, people, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker & San Igacio, Cayo. Tony Rath is a professional photographer based along the shore of the Caribbean Sea in the picturesque town of Dangriga, Belize. He is a trained marine biologist and has worked as a diver and underwater photographer for the Smithsonian Institution; diving on oil rigs off California; and captaining a sailboat across the Atlantic Ocean and through the Mediterranean and North Seas. He founded, along with his wife Therese, Naturalight Productions, Belize's premiere Internet marketing company. He now leads the special projects division of the company. The company created and manages numerous award winning websites.
The face of a jaguar

The top of the food chain in Belize. Sight, smell and hearing find and track prey; reflexes, muscle, powerful jaws and teeth to catch, kill and devour. If ever there was a creature that deserves our respect and protection if only for the beauty of its near perfect evolution..

Jaguars have been and are still found on North Ambergris. Given the size ranges of their territory, it's unlikely that there's more than a handful of them, although, until another thorough biodiversity survey of the caye is completed, anything stated regarding the population is just a "guesstimate".

Jaguars are the largest cat in the Americas, and the third largest in the world, but they come out on top with the strongest bite force of the big cats. Their preferred hunting grounds are forests and wetlands, but they will hunt in scrublands and savannahs. They can be opportunistic hunters, preying on everything from peccary and deer, to armadillos and turtles or even small crocs and caiman. While poaching is an issue, their biggest threat is deforestation for farming and logging.

A breeding pair of jaguars can mate up to 100 times a day!

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