Northern Jaguar Reserve

The dream that is now the Northern Jaguar Reserve took shape in 2003 when Naturalia purchased the 10,000-acre Rancho Los Pavos in northeastern Sonora. NJP began our partnership with this popular Mexican conservation group soon thereafter, and our two organizations have since co-managed the reserve, highlighting each other’s strengths and knowledge base to great effect. We quickly realized that the Northern Jaguar Reserve was too small for effective jaguar protection and needed to be expanded.

NJP set out to create a more expansive stronghold for these vulnerable wild cats. Following a relatively brief and intensive fundraising campaign, we expanded the sanctuary in early 2008 by acquiring Rancho Zetasora, the 35,000-acre ranch adjacent to Los Pavos. The acquisition of Zetasora more than tripled the size of the Northern Jaguar Reserve and incorporated the vicinity where the highest number of jaguar sightings have occurred.

Photo by Ian Fritz