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Tucson artist Kati Astraeir painted the mural which was commissioned by the Center for Biological Diversity as part of its Endangered Species Murals project. Art and science crossed paths in an especially riveting and beautiful way in this mural. This eight-foot high, 20-foot long mural of the endangered jaguar was unveiled in Tucson. The painting is a tribute to America’s only known jaguar, who has been spotted just outside of the Tucson area since 2011. However, El Jefe hasn't been seen since 2016 and some speculate he may have gone back to his birthplace in Mexico to find a mate. Will he return? Astraeir's mural may now be the only way to see this magnificent creature.
The jaguar mural can be found at North Seventh and East Toole St. in downtown Tucson.