Land of the Puma
We often fear the presence of predators without understanding their essential role in the maintenance of a healthy ecosystem. Predators ensure that a greater variety of species survive by naturally keeping prey populations in check. The puma is the big cat of the Americas and they can be found from the Yukon in Canada to the Strait of Magellan. With such a large distribution, each tribe and civilization have given it a different name. The puma is the cat of many names and is often also referred to as mountain lion, cougar, and panther. In this gallery I hope to show the significance and endurance of this top predator alongside an ecosystem that depends on its presence.