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Ecuador's vanishing jaguars: the big cat vital to rainforest survival

11.11.2019
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Industries such as coffee and cacao have devastated the jaguar's habitat, but its dwindling numbers leave a delicate ecosystem hanging in the balanceAcross the American continent, from the north of Mexico to Argentina, the jaguar has long been revered for its strength and power. But in some parts of Ecuador, the largest cat in South America is increasingly at risk as roads, mining and agriculture take over the rainforests.The loss of habitat is the biggest threat to jaguars in Ecuador, particularly along the coast, where more than 70% of the original forest cover has been lost. The vast majority of this destruction has taken place over the last 50 years with the expansion of the logging and agriculture industries, including coffee, cacao, palm oil and bananas, one of the country's largest agriculture exports. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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