Jaguar Guardian Blog – December 2009

January 11, 2010

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Hi Friends!

Unfortunately, this was another month where we did not get any photos of jaguars, which makes us feel very sad. We are trying to understand what is happening, and we are trying to identify the best places to install the camera traps in order to obtain more pictures and scientific data of these beautiful animals. However, we do have some good news: We had photos of mountain lions, bobcats, and ocelots. There were also pictures of other species such as rabbits, hares, deer, and skunks.

These months without pictures of jaguars have served for us as a review of the sites that we considered the best for detecting jaguars, and now they don’t seem as good as we thought. Thanks to your support, NJP has increased the number of cameras. We are exploring new sites while we complete the web array design on the Northern Jaguar Reserve and surrounding ranches that we proposed months ago and continue with the formal analysis of the data. As we have more cameras and are now putting all the points in pairs, and as we once again begin to photograph jaguars, we expect to have two-sided pictures, thus improving the identification of individual jaguars.

The new year that is beginning fills us with hope and encouragement regarding jaguar conservation. We hope to keep getting more and more data that enable us to better understand the jaguar behavior and to continue disseminating our results. We took the first step last month in Denver and Tucson, and we hope to reach more people like you in the year ahead – people who are committed to the conservation of this magnificent species.

Finally, we want to wish you a happy start to the year. We hope that all of your objectives are met, and we want to thank you for your valuable support for the study and conservation of jaguars and the wildlife found at the Northern Jaguar Reserve.

Best regards,

– 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.