Associated Press - March 4, 2009 2:44 PM ET
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Environmentalists will honor a euthanized jaguar at a Tucson memorial service Thursday and urge improved protection for the endangered species.
The service for the cat named Macho B will be held outside downtown offices of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Center for Biological Diversity spokesman Michael Robinson says the jaguar epitomized the Southwest's majestic but fragile ecosystems.
Backers will urge the Obama administration to have Fish and Wildlife designate critical habitat for and develop a recovery plan for jaguars.
Necropsy results due within days were expected to reveal more about Macho B's medical condition. He was euthanized Monday because of kidney failure, after being fitted with a tracking collar Feb. 18.
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