The Jaguar is the third largest big cat species in the world. It is also the largest in America. It looks very similar to the Leopard in Africa and parts of Asia, but the main difference is the size ( Jaguars are larger and more muscular ) and also, the dots are black, while the Leopard has circles with a dot inside. The Jaguar is famous for having ( pound by pound ) the most potent and muscular body of all big cats, even more than Lions and Tigers. It is common to see a Jaguar going in hunt of a Crocodile ( If not a large one ) or Caiman, swimming through rivers , catching the prey and later transporting it again back to shore, while the animal still defends itself.
In Costa Rica, the Jaguar was once very endangered. Currently, after hunting the animals has become prohibited, it has recuperated. It is present in Santa Rosa National Park, La Amistad, Braulio Carrillo and Corcovado, as well as in other larger portions of tropical jungle. The animal needs a large hunting territory. In Corcovado you might see it with great luck, especially in Sirena, Rio Madrigal or Llorona, but it is very hard to see. Pumas are more common, and chances of seeing a Puma is much bigger.