Jaguar Guardian Blog – April 2012

May 15, 2012

Dear Friends,

We have good news for you! During March and early April, the female jaguar named “Corazón” appeared at several camera traps on the Northern Jaguar Reserve, mainly in the areas furthest north at Los Pavos. The last time we had a record of this jaguar was in October 2010, so it was many months ago. Also, it is possible to see a hanging belly in the photographs, a typical sign for feline lactating females. That is more good news because it means that Corazón has at least one cub in the area. If all goes well, we expect to see the young jaguar soon.

Remember that Corazón has been photographed at the reserve since 2006, when she was young also. She is the female that has been recorded the longest at the reserve – maybe she is not the oldest female in the area, but we can be certain from the camera trap photographs that she is at least seven years old. She is now residing in the area where she was born. This is an example of the importance of long-term monitoring for jaguar conservation.

We are now in the middle of spring, and hot days are coming to the reserve. This month there was a couple of days just like typical summer days: temperatures above 110ºF, big clouds in the afternoons, and nearby thunderstorms. However, rains have not yet arrived on the reserve and the landscape is so dry, except for riparian areas adjacent to perennial streams or rivers. Despite the dryness and heat, there was a lot of animal activity in this month’s camera review. We were also able to see a variety of animals this time, just to mention a few: bobcat, ring-tailed cat, coati, deer, javelina, many birds, lizards, and iguanas.

That’s all for now, expect more news in the next blog, and enjoy the heat!

– Carmina & Miguel

Our jaguar guardians, Carmina Gutiérrez and Miguel Gómez Ramírez, have worked at the Northern Jaguar Reserve since October 2008. As the reserve’s resident biologists, Carmina and Miguel patrol lands to keep out poachers, sustain ongoing management of the reserve, maintain a network of motion-triggered cameras, and inventory the ecological health of reserve lands and waters.

Photos: Some of the wildlife sightings this month – Ring-tailed cat and hummingbird with prickly pear