Within the Northern Jaguar Reserve, a nonpareil mix of neotropical and Nearctic realms plus unique hydrothermal soils make for a diverse ecosystem in terms of habitat types and resident species. NJP has already recorded more than 200 species of vertebrates and again that many invertebrates, many of whom are protected under Mexican law as endangered or threatened. Many species found on the reserve are near the latitudinal north or south edge of their range, and new geographical extensions are still being discovered. Notable for being the northernmost region of the Americas where four large feline species are known to coexist, the reserve is home to jaguars, mountain lions, ocelots, and bobcats.

Photo by Ian Fritz