Elvis Turns Five

September 21, 2018

This is Elvis. The above photo is the first image of him on the Northern Jaguar Reserve. It was taken five years ago today. While Elvis already held the title as our longest-recorded male jaguar, we are excited to reach this milestone anniversary. 

Thank you for your support and for providing Elvis with a safe place to call home.

Elvis’ story is fascinating. We had two photos of him in September 2013. Then he was not seen for more than two years. He re-appeared sporadically in 2016, followed by another yearlong gap. 

Everything changed last December. Since then, we have had more than 90 photos and videos of Elvis throughout the Viviendo con Felinos ranches and across the entirety of the Northern Jaguar Reserve.

Elvis has contributed to a record number of jaguar photos this year, a thrilling trend we hope continues. Keeping track of individuals, their movements, and interactions with one another has felt like a telenovela with four female characters and this male lead ironically named after “the King.”

Libélula and Suki are the matriarchs. At six years, they are tied as the second-longest female jaguars on our cameras. Their recent hanging bellies suggest both may have cubs. Sofia is new on the scene. Elvis quickly picked up her scent and trailed her by days on one of the Viviendo con Felinos ranches. 

Luisa and Elvis weaved in and out of each other’s paths for months; they eventually appeared together near a place we call “Kitty City.” Later, our cameras filmed Luisa and Elvis mating >>.

This was our second behind-the-scenes view. Another seemingly impossible jaguar mating video five years ago was considered one in a million – until it wasn’t. Clearly our cameras are well placed, providing us with eyes into the jaguar’s world.

That Elvis reached this five-year anniversary, along with the mating video, illustrates the value of your donations. Our most heartfelt thanks for all you have done to help save the lives of new jaguars and old friends. We hope you will consider making a donation online as we continue to protect this endangered population.