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America’s Only Active Wild Jaguar El Jefe Caught on Camera! (VIDEO)

The United State’s only active wild jaguar — named El Jefe — has been caught on camera by the Center for Biological Diversity!

And we bet you didn’t even know there were wild jaguars in the U.S. We certainly didn’t.

For reference, four of five wild jaguars have been seen in the past 20 years, but of them only El Jefe (first seen in 2011) has been “confirmed as currently active.”

Conservation CATalyst and the Center for Biological Diversity released new video today of the only known wild jaguar currently in the United States.Captured on remote sensor cameras in the Santa Rita Mountains just outside of Tucson, the dramatic footage provides a glimpse of the secretive life of one of nature’s most majestic and charismatic creatures. This is the first-ever publicly released video of the #jaguar, recently named 'El Jefe' by Tucson students, and it comes at a critical point in this cat’s conservation. Learn more here: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/jaguar-02-03-2016.html

Posted by Center for Biological Diversity on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Said a spokesperson for the center, “A lot of people have no idea that we have jaguars in the United States or that they belong here. In bringing this video, we hope to inspire people to care about these animals and support protection for their homes.”

7-year-old El Jefe currently lives 25 miles south of downtown Tuscon, Arizona, where Conservation CATalyst (in conjunction with the Center for Biological Diversity) have hidden cameras to watch the elusive cat stalk around a 50-mile stretch of the Santa Rita Mountains.

You keep doing you El Jefe!

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