An Exciting Year to Support the Jaguar

April 7, 2015

Nothing compares to the vast, sheer beauty of the Northern Jaguar Reserve, nights sleeping out under billions of stars, and sweeping vistas with towering red rocks and mountains as far as you can see. That there is still a breeding jaguar population here, so close to the U.S.-Mexico border, is a testament to the completely isolated and rugged nature of this terrain. The reserve offers a permanent safe zone in the area with the highest number of northern jaguar sightings in the last decade. Your support helps us expand the protected habitat and safeguard these jaguars from illegal poaching, habitat loss, and other threats.

Here’s a sample of what we’ve accomplished so far this year:

We enrolled a prominent, influential rancher who had a long track record of spreading anti-carnivore sentiments into our Viviendo con Felinos project. Within a month, he was rewarded with his first jaguar photograph (above), proving that his property is an important habitat for jaguar conservation as we continue to unseat long-held intolerances of predators.

We hired the first fulltime reserve manager. Originally from Chihuahua, Randy Young has a strong family background within the outdoor and ranching communities. As he settles into his new role, Randy will be critical in learning where ongoing threats to jaguars persist and in building cohesion for local wildlife conservation.

We are closing in on raising the balance needed for the final Bábaco payment. With significant jaguar documentation, extensive wildlife sightings, and an abundance of perennial water, the 5,000-acre Bábaco ranch is currently our top conservation priority. We hope to complete the final steps of the Bábaco purchase this spring.

Today, NJP is participating in AZ Gives Day – a one-day online campaign to boost the collective giving power to support local nonprofits. You don’t have to live in Arizona to participate, and your contribution will go toward the Bábaco purchase and ongoing reserve guardianship. We have a challenge grant right now from the Pond Foundation to fully match all donations from brand new donors – so if you have never donated to NJP, you can double the impact of your gift.

We are grateful for all of you who make up our base of support to save these magnificent cats and all species under their umbrella. We hope you will consider making a donation here >>.