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Have you ever wondered how a Jaguar survives in the Amazon Rainforest? Jaguars have strong jaws with powerful canines so they can pierce their prey’s skull, and often kill their prey with a single bite to the back of the neck. They are the only large felines that attack this way. The fur of the Jaguar keeps them camouflaged in the rainforests and jungles. Since the Jaguars have a massive strength buildup, they can move slowly and quietly through the rainforest. Jaguars have speed and can chase their prey when they hunt. Unlike many other cats, Jaguars have adapted the ability to swim in the wet environment of the Amazon. The Jaguar is the third largest cat in the world, causing them to be an Apex predator. An Apex predator is a predator that‘s also know as an alpha or top predator, and is at the top of the food chain. They are at the top of the food chain, and Jaguars are not hunted by any other animal. They eat deer, crocodiles, peccary, snakes, monkeys, sloths, tapirs, turtles, eggs, frogs, fish, and anything else they can catch. Threats to the Jaguar are farms, mines, and towns. Jaguars break onto ranches and eat the livestock. In return, the farmers then try to kill the Jaguar. Poachers are another threat to the Jaguar. Some ranchers hire a person named a Tiger Hunter. They are people who will either scare the Jaguar away or kill it. From 1960-70 there were 18,000 Jaguars killed per year for their spotted hides. All in all, the Jaguar has survived in the Amazon. They have adapted several abilities over the years, are at the top of the food chain, and survived a chance at being extinct.
The Blue and Yellow Macaw is a massive populated species of bird in the Amazon Rainforest. Macaws acclimate to the humidity and heat of various environments. They have talons that enable them to grasp branches. People don't kill macaws, besides people in the Amazon with no food. People capture and trade the birds for money. The birds can trade for up to $5000. Even though bird trade is illegal in the United States under the WBCA (Wild Bird Conservation Actmacaw, signed into law on Oct 23, 1992), It isn't illegal in Brazil. The world has problems with bird trading in the everywhere. The macaw is an absolutely majestic animal that is worth the effort of going out of the way to save.
The Hoary-Throated Spinetail is a critically endangered Amazon rainforest bird teetering on the brink of extinction. It is endemic to a small, extremely fragmented part of the far northern Amazon Rainforest. In its small range, the bird is fairly common. It is almost entirely reddish brown in color, with a black and white throat. Little is known or published about this species’ habits. Nothing has been published about the bird’s diet, however, many researchers have inferred that the Hoary-Throated Spinetail, much like similar spinetail species, mainly eats invertebrates. This species likely doesn’t interact with other highlighted organisms due to extremely small range. The habitat of the Hoary-Throated Spinetail has been fragmented mainly due to rice plantations. Authorities fail to regulate this, and as a result, forest is cleared and chemicals are dumped into the bird’s valuable habitat. While indigenous people have maintained the ecosystem, others are unaware of the threats it faces and have not taken steps to conserve it. Many little-known, critically endangered Amazon birds, like the Hoary-Throated Spinetail, continue to face great threats. Spreading awareness about their status and doing our best to conserve them could save a species.
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