ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT PROFILE
PROTECTION STATUS: Endangered
YEAR PLACED ON LIST: 1972 (foreign list only); 1997 (United States)
CRITICAL HABITAT: 764,207 acres, or 1,194 square miles, of critical habitat designated in 2014
RECOVERY PLAN: None; forthcoming recovery plan announced January 2010
RANGE: North from Argentina to the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, where a small population continues to live
THREATS: Habitat loss, federal predator control, and construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall
POPULATION TREND: There are an estimated 10,000 jaguars left in the wild today, including approximately 500 in Mexico. Though jaguars once roamed throughout the southern and central United States, only four jaguars have been confirmed in Arizona and New Mexico since the mid-1990s.