The jaguar is the largest catlike mammal living in Nicaragua. Its short pelage is yellow with black spots in the shape of deformed circles all over its body. The animal measures from 1.6 to 2.5 meters in length (including its tail) and it can weigh up to 200 pound. Jaguars do not have a specific season in which they mate. On average female jaguars give birth to two pups every two years.
Jaguars have been extinct in the Pacific zone, and they can only be found at the Atlantic side in large, forested reserves like the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve, Cerro Silva, Wawashan, and Bosawás Biosphere Reserve.