Jaguar in Iwokrama, Guyana 19 January 2012

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One of the highlights of our trip to Guyana was two sightings of Jaguars on the road between Iwokrama and ATTA. A young male appeared at the roadside 40 meters from us on his way through the area. Our guide Smith was able to keep it at bay on the road for five minutes by making growling noises. Two days later, our driver saw a pair of jaguars walking towards us until they reached a point 120 meters from the Toyota. We watched them for 20 minutes as the female tested the fear of the male in refusing to follow him into the forest. Instead, she laid down on the road. The male tried to lead her off the road on several occasions as they approached.

Jaguar in Iwokrama, Guyana

Jaguar cross the road

The hormones must have been high, as it is not normal for a generally shy predator to ignore us for so long. While this scene unfolded in front of our vehicle, I started to wonder why another car or truck did not come along. Only in Guyana is this possible on a main highway traversing the country from north to the south. On a typical day only twenty trucks or minibuses drive this gravel road! That is Guyana in a nutshell as long it lasts.

The pair together before disappearing into the forest

January is a good time to see Jaguar in Guyana as they mate and apparently are less shy at that time. However, it is far from guaranteed to see this cat. Most people who visited the lodges at the same time as us missed out.

Niels Poul Dreyer

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Niels Poul Dreyer

I like traveling and do casual photography in between dedicated birding, visit my hompage if you want to know more

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William Alberto Suarez Baracaldo
William Alberto Suarez Baracaldo

beautiful animal

Fara Scafuri

Thanks for sharing and allowing us Guyanese to witness this part of our unique country. The jaguars look healthy….hope they make many babies…I’m also so happy that this is not a highly traversed highway…hope it stays that way.Go Jags!

Svnightmare
Svnightmare

looks like dindin

Don Gato
Don Gato

So cool!

Nilofar
Nilofar

Thanks for sharing Barbara. Always a treat to see unique and endangered animals
still in the wild!
Nilofar. 

Mary
Mary

Beautiful animals! Thanks for sharing. Please encourage everyone to preserve these amazing creatures and all animals. All their lives are precious.

Mitra Tiwari

great pics,u were lucky to capture these shots!!!!

ken corsbie
ken corsbie

Yes beautiful and exquisite.. but left to the hunting for sport of some Guyanese they may be extinct some day..

Sybille Nuenninghoff
Sybille Nuenninghoff

This is amazing!!! Thank you for sharing.

ed chow
ed chow

Amazing shots – so lucky to see them!!

michael
michael

Brilliant. Yet another example of the amazing wildlife on offer in rarely-visited Guyana. We all worry what will happen when Brazil finally convinces the Guyana government to pave this road. To me, it seems to have more value as a wildlife expo than as a route for Brazilian rainforest exports…

Steven Scott

Wonderful photos. Great post.