Jaguar Guardian Blog – May 2012

June 5, 2012

Dear Friends,

In the last several months, we have seen camera trap photographs of four new jaguars on the Northern Jaguar Reserve. These are: “Pecosa,” “Sei,” “Libélula,” and “Mágico.” (We selected these names from suggestions made by NJP supporters and donors.*) Pecosa, Sei, and Libélula appeared at Dubaral in December, January, and April, respectively. Pecosa and Libélula are both female, and we are not yet sure about Sei’s gender because the photo is not very clear. Mágico was photographed at Babisal in May; we do not know this jaguar’s gender yet either. In addition to these new jaguars, we have seen many pictures of “El Inmenso” and “Ferb.” Both males have been wandering throughout the reserve and on neighboring ranches to the south. The female jaguars “Caza” and “Corazón” have also been active in recent months.

Ferb has been moving regularly between the reserve and ranches, yet in our last check of the cameras, he wasn’t recorded on the ranches at all. We knew the reason as soon as we saw the pictures from the cameras on the reserve. Ferb appears accompanied by a female! Yes, he was with Libélula! They were together several times over a period of four days. We were thrilled to get some video clips of them while they were walking together. Adult jaguars generally live alone, except in mating season when males move with females in estrus – or heat. So it is possible that this couple was mating and, if all goes well, another new jaguar will be born at the end of summer. Remember, we’ve seen that Corazón and Caza are possibly mothers right now as well! You can see the latest photos here and video here.

We are so happy with all of this good news, aren’t you? Let’s get out there and continue supporting the conservation and study of northern jaguars!

– 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, maintain a network of motion-triggered cameras, and inventory the ecological health of reserve lands and waters.

*Many thanks to the following NJP supporters for contributing the new jaguar names: Pecosa (means “freckled,” from Cindy West), Sei (means “one” in Opata, from Barry Brezan), Libélula (means “dragonfly,” from Bill Rejebian), and Mágico (means “magic,” from Kim Blaquera).

Top photo: Ferb and Libélula; below, left to right: Mágico, Sei, and Pecosa