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ForewordFriday: The Secrets of the Jaguar's Survival

Female jaguar (staring into camera) with subadult male offspring moving through an old oil palm plantation in the jaguar corridor of Colombia. (Camera-trap photo by Esteban Payan, Panthera.) Female jaguar (staring into camera) with subadult male offspring moving through an old oil palm plantation in the jaguar corridor of Colombia. (Camera-trap photo by Esteban Payan, Panthera, used with permission.)

Next Tuesday is the official publication date of noted big cat scientist and conservationist Alan Rabinowitz's new book, An Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey of the Jaguar, but we can't wait that long to share an excerpt with you. You may have heard Rabinowitz on NPR's Diane Rehm show last week talking about his experiences fighting to protect this entrancing species. In An Indomitable Beast, he explores the evolutionary history of the jaguar, the cultural characteristics of the societies it has lived beside that allowed it to survive, and the threats it is now facing—and shares more of his adventures from the field. PS: To accompany your reading and get you pumped for the holiday weekend, we've included some themed songs in the links—happy listening!