Jaguar Guardian Blog – January 2012

February 12, 2012

Dear Friends,

This month, some wonderful people came to the Northern Jaguar Reserve as volunteers, along with Rick and Turtle, to make adobes – earthen bricks that will be used to construct small cabins at Babisal de Abajo. These cabins and other buildings are going to serve as the beginnings of a field station for future scientists and donor visits. Gradually, we can see the changes in this part of the reserve, and we are confident that with help from so many people interested in supporting conservation, we will see this work finished to enjoy the beauty of another part of the Arroyo Babisal. Unfortunately, we only had one day with the volunteers and could not stay to help make bricks the rest of the time because we had to continue our work with the camera traps. However, we are sure that they were very well taken care of by Rick and Turtle, and we hope they will soon visit us again at the reserve.

About our monthly work, we obtained 20 pictures of jaguars this time, corresponding primarily to “El Inmenso,” “Ferb,” and “Caza.” We are testing a camera model that takes both photos and video, and we now have three very brief jaguar videos! We could see two videos of El Inmenso and one of Ferb walking along the Arroyo Dubaral. It is exciting to feel so close to these amazing animals.

Another interesting thing that happened to us was that for two days, we witnessed male deer fighting near the house at Los Pavos. It is common to see deer walking nearby, but we have never seen anything like this. One afternoon we saw something move on a hill in front of the house, and using the binoculars, we distinguished a couple of female deer running up and down the hill. Two male deer were also in the area, and as we watched, they began to fight! A day later, the same thing happened again.

Well, we say bye for now.

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.

Top photo: Suzanne and Miguel making adobes at Babisal de Abajo, photo by Ian Fritz; below: a male deer on the reserve