Northern Jaguar Project


Mission Statement

The mission of the Northern Jaguar Project (NJP) is to preserve and recover the world's northernmost population of the jaguar, its unique natural habitats, and native wildlife under its protection as a flagship, keystone, and umbrella species.


Located 125 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border, the 55,000-acre Northern Jaguar Reserve features an unparalleled mix of natural communities and is the centerpiece of NJP's work. The reserve boasts the highest number of northern jaguar sightings in recent years, including females and their cubs. NJP further works with ranchers, schools, and local communities to promote effective jaguar conservation. Our primary goals are to:
• Protect the northern jaguar population from illegal poaching, habitat loss, and other threats,
• Provide a sanctuary of adequate size and location to best allow the jaguar population a future,
• Rehabilitate essential landscapes on and adjacent to the reserve to enhance the jaguar’s prey base and habitat for native species as a whole,
• Facilitate awareness, education, and conservation projects in local and regional communities,
• Improve scientific knowledge of jaguars by promoting academic research and field studies, and
• Help map and protect areas for jaguar range expansion and north-south corridors.

Program Details

Wildlife Monitoring/Land Protection
Our biologists and cowboys patrol the 55,000-acre Northern Jaguar Reserve to deter poachers and maintain an array of 200 motion-triggered cameras as a non-invasive method of wildlife observation. These cameras have photographed more than 70 individual jaguars on the reserve and neighboring Viviendo con Felinos ranches. We continue working to purchase land to expand the reserve, with an ultimate goal to double the acreage permanently protected for these wide-ranging predators.
Community Outreach
Our Viviendo con Felinos project extends protection for jaguars and other felines in the buffer zone surrounding the Northern Jaguar Reserve. Participating ranchers sign agreements not to hunt, poison, trap, or disturb wildlife. We then place motion-triggered cameras on their properties, and they receive monetary awards for each feline photograph. Ranchers quickly realize cats kept alive can lead to repeat photos and increased economic benefits, which they can use to meet day-to-day needs.
By working in this community, we have made a long-term commitment to ease tensions, minimize conflicts, and motivate a shift away from killing carnivores. Viviendo con Felinos allows us to build and strengthen relationships with ranchers from a place of collaboration and problem solving.
Our Eco-guardian club provides fun, memorable activities that get the younger generation outdoors: overnight campouts, nature walks, river cleanups, tree plantings, hands-on camera trainings, and public art projects to increase visibility for wildlife and conservation. The Eco-guardians have deep family ties within this community, a place where residents young and old are learning to embrace the jaguar as a friend and neighbor.
While threats continue throughout the region, people’s hearts are changing to support the conservation of wild places and wild carnivores.
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2114 West Grant Road Ste 121
Tucson, AZ 85745
United States
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