August 12, 2008
This is Eric with more news about the work we carry out at the jaguar reserve. I have to confess that this visit, it was really difficult. The creeks were carrying a lot of water, and some of the roads were in a bad state, but we managed to get to the reserve and back in one piece. And it was worth it: We got a lot of information from the cameras, and we got two jaguar pictures; it was really awesome.
We achieved another important thing this month: We brought our first full-time vaquero to the reserve; he is going to be living in the old ranch house at La Ventana on the southern tip of the reserve. He used to work for the former owner of Zetasora, so he knows a lot of the terrain and stories about the area that we can rescue from oblivion. He has told me, for example, that there used to be a lot of people living in the area and that they even had cemeteries there. He told me that La Lola, one of the lady ranchers of the region and a friend of the reserve, was the healer for the area. He also knows a lot about the fauna on the reserve, and I hope he helps me get more information on jaguar distribution and the areas they prefer.
Anyway, I’m forgetting to tell you about the state of the reserve at the moment, and I can just say it is spectacular. One day we were on the road by five a.m., and we caught the sunrise in a point where you can see the mountains. The view was just amazing, how the yellow started mixing itself with the green and blue some, while some parts were still covered by clouds. And in certain points it is really interesting to see how the light starts illuminating some rocks that had their origin in one of the glaciation periods, so they have all sorts of little colored rocks in them. I think I need to get more information about the geology of the reserve.
And now the important thing of the month: the jaguar pictures. They are really good. We got two pictures of a female in two different neighboring ranches so the owners are going to have a good prize (close to $500USD) for each picture. And we can increase our knowledge about distribution in Sonora. We have named the jaguar Yuri, in honor of the daughter of Diego Ezrré, the rancher on whose property we got our first picture of her and a long-time supporter of the project. Let’s hope she stays around and we get more pictures of her.
I just have one problem that keeps puzzling me. One of the cameras was really wet, with some water inside of it. So, I don’t know if those cameras are resistant or if it was just one of them. Because I don’t want to lose any opportunities to get interesting species.
Well, I think I have to say goodbye for the moment. I hope everything is good in your lives, and remember we are doing the best to keep one of last wild places in the world. And we are happy to have your support, it helps us keep in mind how important this region is for the whole world.
– Eric Ramírez Bravo
Eric has been a Jaguar Guardian at the Northern Jaguar Reserve since Spring 2008.