Cameras Capture the Rare Sight of a Black Jaguar Swimming Across the Amazon River

While filming a public service announcement about the importance of the Amazon Rainforest earlier this year, Carter Roberts, the CEO of the World Wildlife Fund – U.S. and his film crew noticed a male black jaguar swimming across the river and set their cameras rolling. Black jaguars only make up about 6% of the species population, so this rare site lent itself to the ongoing concern about the eroding rainforests of Amazonia.

No other place on Earth showcases the diversity of life like the Amazon. It’s a vast region that spans across eight countries and one overseas territory: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana/ France.

In the Amazon Biome you will find:

  • One in ten known species on Earth
  • The world´s largest remaining tropical forest containing 90-140 billion metric tons of carbon, the release of even a portion of which would accelerate global warming significantly
  • The largest river basin on the planet with one million km2 of freshwater ecosytems
Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.