Brazil scientists warn on dwindling jaguar population
RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - The jaguar could soon become extinct in Brazil's tropical Atlantic forest, threatening the shrinking primitive forest itself, Brazilian scientists warned on Monday.
A study by the Brazilian conservation authority Cenap indicated the adult jaguar population in the region may have fallen to just 250, "an 80 per cent slide over the past 15 years".
And just a fifth of the remaining jaguars are of reproductive age, the study asserted.
The 'Mata Atlantica' or Atlantic forest ecosystem, home to unique species and comprising a variety of tropical forest habitats, has itself lost more than 90 per cent of its original volume over the centuries.