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.
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.