Endangered species Francisco Ocampo, Daniel Munoz, Kylan Huynh

Introduction

Jaguars are apex predators and carnivores, this means that they keep animal populations in check. If the animal was to go extinct populations of the animals in the Jaguar food web would sky rocket and cause over population.

These are just some of the animals the Jaguar consumes.

The Jaguar should be focused on saving because they help people get rid of overpopulation, Jaguars are on the top of the food chain, if animals keep increasing and decreasing they would keep being stable, if the animals were to just increase, it can cause many chain reactions that will most likely go to overgrazing.

Jaguars should be focused because of their role in an ecosystem, in many ecosystems they are “keystone species”, this means that if they were to go extinct it would cause many other species to die out or even be endangered too.

Jaguars make sure animals from the same ecosystem don’t overgraze, if Jaguars are gone out of that ecosystem the numbers of the other animals will increase since they lost the predators that hunted them.

Since Jaguars are quite beautiful with their unique pattern of fur, most people find it appealing to see.

Counterclaim

Animal not being saved: Rhino

Rhinos are very hard to breed, for a female Rhino to reproduce it takes about 2.5-5 years, and for a baby Rhino to be born it takes about 2-3 years. Not only breeding but their hunger too, Rhinos eat about 120 pounds of food each day. Since zoos have many animals it needs to conserve it doesn't help if they're using most of their money trying to conserve 1 endangered animal due to food.

Ecological functions

Jaguars help the ecosystem by keeping animals in order

Jaguars are one of the top predators in the food chain.

Jaguars are carnivores, so they eat other animals. Due to this they keep their population from overgrowing.

Since Jaguars are apex predators in their food web they’re fast and quick killers, and not to mention their strength. So they aren't hunted down by other animals. Jaguars hunt many different animals to make sure they don’t overgraze the environment (herbivore animals).

Jaguars keep check on other ecosystems

Once again, the Jaguar is a keystone species. Meaning that the animal is precious to maintain multiple ecosystems. If this “keystone species” were to go extinct, it would cause many disasters including the destruction of the environment and maybe even cause another extinction of another animal or endanger it.

Jaguars prey on the other animals as their “check”. They make sure none of them overpopulate and cause problems for others.

Conclusion: The Jaguars help the economy by making sure animals don't overpopulate and destroy the ecosystem.

Rhetorical appeals/strategies: Pathos

If the Jaguars were to go extinct, they would cause many events that would ruin many other ecosystems and species.

Additional biological, medical, social, etc., appeals

Jaguars have Aesthetic appeals and can even help on economy.

Jaguars, for people have beautiful and soft fur that focuses your gaze to it. Jaguars are animals that would make you want to take a photo of them or see them close up.

People love colorful and appealing things. That is no different than the fur of a Jaguar, the full orange color and black spots on the fur instantly catches peoples attention to take a closer look.

Jaguars are animals that aren’t seen as often, they are usually hiding from other predators or hunting prey. So it would be rare just to see one somewhere else.

Once again, Jaguars are apex predators. They keep the environment from being damaged from other animals and keep their population at a stable rate. This helps people too.

Jaguars help keep animals at a stable population, this means that they’re taking care of the ecosystem. If they stopped doing this for some reason then biomes and other ecosystems would start to die, to preserve just an ecosystem it would cost millions of dollars.

If the animals start to increase at a rapid pace it would start causing them to overgraze (over eat) the grass, plants, trees, etc.

Conclusion: Jaguars save lots of money for people, preserving this species is a lot better than preserving an entire ecosystem.

Rhetorical appeals/strategies: Logos

Many Zoo workers also say that Jaguars are easier to preserve than some of the other animals, mostly due to their breeding cycle.

Cost to conserve/resources required by the species

Unlike other animals, Jaguars do not cost much to conserve and feed.

Jaguar habitat expenses aren’t as pricey as others.

Jaguars are kind of like cats, they like high places at high heights, they do care about space in their habitat. But not as much as other animals.

They do not require anything fancy, just a place to roam, eat, sleep, and maybe even adventure.

Jaguars do not eat as much as other animals.

A regular Jaguar eats about 4.4 pounds of meat each day (a wild Jaguar can eat up to 55 pounds of meat), which ranges to about $17.07. Which is not very cheap but a lot more cheaper than other animals eating food pounds to about 90 or more pounds.

4.4 pounds of meat is about $17.07. This means that it isn’t as cheap as it looks, but compared to the food a Tapir and Rhino needs to eat. This is practically nothing.

Conclusion: In conclusion the Jaguar does not cost much to save and is much easier to save than most of the other animals that are currently occupied in the zoo.

Rhetorical appeals/strategies: Ethos

It's also proven by many scientist that preserving an ecosystem would cost much much more than preserving a species.

Conclusion

Jaguars should be focused on saving because of their help to the ecosystem and their general beauty.

Review of key points:

-Jaguars are fairly easy to breed unlike other animals

-Jaguars are very beautiful with the unique pattern of their pelt

-Jaguars keep ecosystems from overpopulating

-Jaguars are keystone species, if they are extinct many ecosystems would go haywire

-Jaguars are extremely important to the ecosystem and people ourselves

-Unlike other animals Jaguars eat anything they can get

-Jaguars do not eat as much as other (carnivore) animals do

To protect Jaguars, we need to stop the destruction of its habitats and stop hunting them down for their meat and fur. Most of the reasons they are almost extinct now is because of people, we caused this problem in the first place and now we should fix it.

Zoo Photos

Jaguar's Habitat
Rhino Habitat
Rhino Habitat
Tapir Habitat

Credits:

Created with images by D. Alex - "Jaguar"

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