Jaguar Guardian Blog – March 2010

April 14, 2010

Dear Friends,

Wow! This time we had many photos of the same jaguar. The jaguar called “Mayo” was photographed several times at Los Pavos on March 10th and 15th by four different camera trap stations. The photo record shows us Mayo’s travel from north of Los Pavos – possibly he came from the Río Aros on the morning of March 10 and then went to the center of Los Pavos on the same day. The next photos were taken 12 hours later at night and in a different place. Mayo left Los Pavos on the evening of March 15 at the same place that he entered; this time he passed by two more camera stations. The photo record also showed that he followed a different route to leave Los Pavos.

So, this is a good example of the use of camera traps to monitor the activity of wild animals such as jaguars. We have found other cases like this – with the jaguars “Perrito” and “Cholla” two months ago. However in this case, Mayo was photographed more often in a shorter period of time.

On the other hand, we did not have photos of other jaguars this time. Maybe the jaguars are out of the area covered by the cameras installed on the reserve. We are worried about Perrito, since we don’t know where he is… Maybe Perrito is still looking for Cholla and “Yuri,” but while he is in love, Mayo is using their territory and perhaps Mayo will soon become the dominant male of Northern Jaguar Reserve.

Now, let us tell you a little about our visits this month. In the middle of March, the Telemax team (a Sonoran TV channel) stayed with us at the reserve to make a report of the conservation activities that we do monthly. They also talked about the importance of the reserve to protect the jaguar and other endangered species and how these species could be affected by the construction of the border wall between Mexico and the U.S. This is a great opportunity for Sonoran people to know more about the reserve, and we think this is also a great opportunity to share with other people the importance of jaguar conservation.

At the end of the month, we received a visit from the president of the Shared Earth Foundation. She and her foundation are important partners for the reserve. In company of NJP board members Rick Williams and Carlos Lopez, ornithologist Aaron Flesh, and other friends, we visited many beautiful parts of the reserve and presented a little of the biological work that we do. We hope we were able to share with her part of the beauty of reserve and jaguars in this part of the world.

Furthermore, we met with NJP president Diana Hadley, who was traveling with one of NJP’s major supporters, at La Ventana. They brought a solar-powered refrigerator that was purchased with funds raised by individual NJP supporters, as well as a car jack, portable stove, portable sleeping cots, and a couple of Therm-a-rests. Thank you for these in-kind contributions! This makes our field work more comfortable. Please continue supporting the Northern Jaguar Project.

Well, that is all for this month; we hope next month to share more adventures with you and to find Perrito photos because we miss him.

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.