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Rare Jaguar Mating Video

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Can a video of two jaguars be considered too risqué to share? We definitely had that conversation with the first jaguar mating video we collected on the Northern Jaguar Reserve in late 2013. We never dreamed there would be a second video that again revealed jaguars mating on our motion-triggered cameras in the wild.

At the beginning of this year, “Luisa” and “Elvis” were photographed on the same camera a few weeks apart. In February, they appeared together in the same photograph (above), which led us to expect a cub. At the end of March, our motion-triggered cameras filmed this video (see below), and now we are certain there will be a young jaguar roaming the reserve later this year.

This is the Northern Jaguar Reserve’s continuing love story. This is the place we come back to for perspective on how our focus to protect female jaguars and their cubs is both meaningful and essential for this population’s future. This video tells us we are headed in the right direction.

View additional jaguar footage, including the original mating video, in our Video Gallery.

4 Reasons to Support NJP

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

The jaguar “Libélula” celebrates her six-year anniversary on our motion-triggered cameras this month. She is the reigning matriarch on the Northern Jaguar Reserve, a place distinguished by its female jaguars. These jaguars represent the future for this endangered population and are why we need your support now as much as ever.

Here are four reasons to support NJP today:

One. We have photographed 10 different jaguars on the Northern Jaguar Reserve and neighboring Viviendo con Felinos ranches since this time last year. This includes Libélula and the new jaguar “Luisa” (pictured above). Both recently suggested they might have cubs nearby.

Two. Our Viviendo con Felinos project more than doubles the size of the protected area. The feline results on these ranches continue to break records, with two new jaguars so far this year. Watch the award-winning documentary “Rancheros del Jaguar” and meet the Viviendo con Felinos ranchers here. 

Three. Our youth activities are overflowing with participants. Each of our Junior Jaguar Guardian outings this year has had dozens of kids working together to set up motion-triggered cameras. These events are fun, popular, educational, and get kids out in nature.

Four. Our reserve biologists recently retrieved 170 videos of two playful mountain lion cubs with their mom. View highlights here and here. We cannot think of a better way to illustrate the value your donations have and, even more so, to express thanks for your contributions.

Today, NJP is participating in Arizona Gives Day. Please consider making a donation here:

Many thanks for your support!

Viva Los Jaguares!

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Over the weeks of voting during Summit Hut’s Banff grant contest, we were consistently touched that there are so many friends of the jaguar who want to help. The excitement and enthusiasm our supporters have shown in promoting this contest and asking friends to join us to save the northern jaguar helped NJP win needed funding. We are truly grateful!

Our thanks to Summit Hut for their commitment to protecting the outdoors, wildlife, and wild places and for selecting NJP as a finalist for their Banff grants. Thanks for promoting the conservation of jaguars in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, Summit Hut!

Motion-triggered camera photo of “Luisa” on the Northern Jaguar Reserve.

Vote for the Jaguar

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

You can help jaguars right now. Vote for the Northern Jaguar Project to receive a Summit Hut Banff grant. You can vote online once in February. If you are in Tucson, you can also vote once per day in either Summit Hut store: 5251 E Speedway (west of Craycroft) and 7745 N Oracle (north of Ina). 

It is not everyday we have such an easy, direct, fun, and only-takes-a-moment way you can help jaguars and their habitat. So vote now! Your votes can show your love for jaguars and make a world of difference.

We appreciate Summit Hut’s encouragement of safe, responsible outdoor exploration and even more so their deep connection to local organizations that help preserve, educate, and enhance our wild places. 

Each year, Summit Hut hosts the Banff Mountain Film Festival, two nights of inspirational films with an environmental message. They donate a portion of the ticket sales back to the community. Two organizations receive $2,000. With your help, NJP can be one of them.

Vote online here.

Many thanks for your support!

Northern Jaguar Reserve photo by Mikal Jakubal

Round Up at the Co-op

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Throughout January, when you Round Up your purchases at the Food Conspiracy Co-op in Tucson, your spare change will directly support NJP and our conservation work. Every Round Up donation at the Food Conspiracy this month protects and nurtures jaguars and the abundance of wildlife found on the Northern Jaguar Reserve and surrounding Viviendo con Felinos ranches. Thanks to the Food Conspiracy for their support and for being our source of nutritious, local, and sustainably produced food.

Motion-triggered camera photo of “Osman” on the Northern Jaguar Reserve.

A Year of Accomplishments

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

On the Northern Jaguar Reserve, it is possible to feel the jaguar’s presence everywhere… Walking along an arroyo, finding fresh jaguar tracks, viewing motion-triggered camera photos, and perhaps just out of sight in the thick vegetation.

This is “Chiltepin,” one of the reserve’s resident males. With his steady presence, Chiltepin has become an old friend. He was photographed more than any other jaguar this year, and he has found a safe place to roam because of friends like you.

Here’s a partial list of our year’s accomplishments:

  • Increased the protected habitat on the reserve and neighboring ranches to 200 square miles.
  • Enrolled 14 ranches in Viviendo con Felinos, a record number of which photographed jaguars.
  • Distributed $37,500 in photo awards, an average of $0.50 per acre protected under signed agreements, which helped ranchers meet day-to-day needs.
  • Commemorated the 10th anniversary of Viviendo con Felinos with a celebration four times the size of the previous year – and four times as festive.
  • Built gabions on five ranches to address water scarcity and rehabilitate overgrazed areas.
  • Engaged 250 youth as conservation ambassadors with fun, interactive activities, such as nature hikes, tree plantings, and mural painting.
  • Trained Jr. Jaguar Guardians in camera operation and placement, and sent them out to install cameras on their own.
  • Projected larger-than-life jaguar photos onto both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border wall to bring attention to how this barrier impedes the flow of life.

Today, your support is needed to continue this upswing of local involvement, reduce hostilities toward carnivores, and counteract threats from the illegal poaching and poisoning of wildlife. Every donation we receive protects and nurtures these rare, beautiful, and important creatures. Thank you for your support!

All gifts from new, first-time donors will be matched 1:1 thanks to a generous challenge grant. If you haven’t previously made a contribution, now is your chance to double your impact here!

Meet This Month’s Jaguars

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Meet the jaguars in this month’s batch of motion-triggered camera photos. The two on the left are new individuals on the Northern Jaguar Reserve and Viviendo con Felinos ranches. The third image is the female jaguar “Suki,” one of our longest recorded individuals at 5 years, 2 months. On the right is “Libélula,” an even longer-term resident whose hanging belly in the latest images suggests she might be pregnant… again.

When our field staff realized there were two brand new jaguars within days of one another, their hearts started to beat faster with excitement. In addition to sightings of Suki, Libélula, and other old friends, we have had a total of four new jaguars this year.

The new jaguars that have appeared and those long-time residents directly benefit from your contributions today, on Giving Tuesday, and every day. Thank you for your support!

All gifts from new donors will be matched 1:1 thanks to a generous challenge grant. If you haven’t previously made a contribution, now is your chance to double your impact here!


Laqui’s Lens on the Reserve: Fall 2017

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Our talented field assistant and jaguar guardian Laqui Duarte fills many roles on the Northern Jaguar Reserve and Viviendo con Felinos ranches. Below he shares a glimpse of life in the field….


This is the road on the Northern Jaguar Reserve after a heavy rain. The arroyos swell and flood the road, and it is often destroyed and cannot be used until we bring the tractor for repairs.


This hillside is known as “Los Pilares” because of its shape. These tall rocks are beautiful pillars, and everyone in Sahuaripa knows them. They are formed by wind and water erosion over many years. I took this photo when I was at Rancho Los Pilares checking motion-triggered cameras for Viviendo con Felinos.


Mariposa de la noche, black witch moth (Ascalapha odorata)It is rare to see one of these beautiful moths on the Northern Jaguar Reserve. The spots on the wings look like eyes, and you feel as if they are looking at you. This moth was on the wall of one of our cabins at Babisal de Abajo.


Gecko de bandas, banded gecko (Coleonyx sp.): The banded gecko is one of the rarest reptiles on the Northern Jaguar Reserve, and this was not my first sighting of one. Its skin has fascinating colors. We saw this animal at night in one of the cabins at Babisal de Abajo.


Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum): The Gila monster is better known as “escorpion” by residents near the Northern Jaguar Reserve. It seems like a little dinosaur to me with skin that resembles grains of coarse sand. This animal spends most of its life underground or between rocks, which is why it is difficult to see an escorpion. I saw this one in the road near our main camp.


Cerro del Cubilete on the Northern Jaguar Reserve stands out with its characteristic rounded shape. It is also very high, higher than most of the hills on the reserve.


Venado cola blanca, white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus): This deer was very close to the house at La Ventana on the Northern Jaguar Reserve, less than 30 meters. We were looking at him, and he was looking at us. He never tried to run or hide. Perhaps he was thinking about coming closer to drink water from the house.


Polluelo de Codorniz Moctezuma, Moctezuma quail chick (Cyrtonyx montezumae): I was walking to check motion-triggered cameras on the Northern Jaguar Reserve when I saw something moving in the grass. There were a lot of chicks of this species. I took some photos of this one and released it to join its family.


USA Today’s “The Wall” Podcast

Monday, October 9th, 2017

At the Northern Jaguar Reserve: “We saw the core habitat of this population that now and then makes its way into Arizona. I’ve been in some remote places before, but it feels like you are in the middle of nowhere. The sky is not much different from Arizona; it is a little bit wetter. It is clear skies at night, millions of stars. We did not happen to hear a jaguar from camp, but they have heard it before. They’ll talk about how you can be up on one of these mountains and look across six or eight other peaks that have no one on them. Basically as far as you can see, you are looking at mountains that are uninhabited by anything but deer and jaguars….

“People don’t realize that jaguars belong in the Southwest. A lot of people are surprised, even Arizonans are surprised, to hear that they ever lived here. Certainly a lot of Americans are surprised to learn that there are jaguars anywhere in the United States. Regardless of how you feel about the Endangered Species Act or what’s more important, national security or biological diversity, I think it is important to be aware that there are trade offs. You can choose whichever you like. But in this particular case, a continuous wall that blocks humans is also going to block jaguars and that would mean that there will not be jaguars in the United States.”

Words by Brandon Loomis, excerpted from USA Today’s “The Wall” podcast. Listen to the entire episode here.


Northern Jaguar Reserve photo by Mikal Jakubal

Libélula Returns

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Last month, our vaqueros came back to town with the latest batch of photographs from our motion-triggered cameras and with a photo of the second new jaguar on the Viviendo con Felinos ranches this year.

Since then, we retrieved photos of a female jaguar not seen since 2014. “Libélula” was in the first videos we ever retrieved of a jaguar pair, was the mother of the cub “Pedro,” and is one of our longest documented jaguars on the reserve. Her safe return brings us great joy and excitement.

There is a delicate balance in sharing optimism about these results without undercutting the fact that jaguars continue to face many threats and challenges. We have made a long-term commitment to work with local communities to promote appreciation for living wildlife and to reduce human-wildlife conflicts that have persisted for generations.

Today, 14 ranches participate in Viviendo con Felinos. The total area has grown 20 percent since last year. Together with the reserve, the protected habitat now adds up to more than 200 square miles. This is conservation action right where it counts.