December 9, 2012
Our trip this month was an adventure because our truck had some problems, although we were still able to accomplish everything we wanted to do. When we were at Los Pavos, which is at the end of the road, the truck’s battery died. So Javier and I hiked back down the road, looking for help on the route from Los Pavos to Babisal. It took several hours, since it was pretty far away, and we took advantage of this opportunity to explore the region and see interesting things that we cannot enjoy when we ride in the truck, such as scats, snakes, and the landscape in general. We came across a very beautiful dark gray snake with red on the stomach and a gray stripe on the back of its head, which we identified as a ring-necked snake (Diadophis punctatus). Unfortunately, we didn’t get any photos because it moved away so quickly. Although our hike lasted almost five hours, we enjoyed the scenery and what we found.
The following day, we explored the length of the Babisal arroyo so that Javier could become familiar with the site and see where the Hielería arroyo connects with the Babisal arroyo. At Dubaral, we traveled along the El Burro and Dubaral arroyos and found puma tracks. We saw that some pools that had water last month were now dry.
With regard to jaguar photos on the reserve this month, there were three photos of two female jaguars: “Corazón” and “Caza” at Dubaral and Babisal. The male jaguars, including “El Inmenso” and “Ferb,” were not seen on the reserve or at the surrounding ranches. We hope to see them again in the coming months.
We had a large quantity of mountain lion photos on the Viviendo con Felinos ranches and a jaguar photo at Las Cuevas. We identified the jaguar as “Libélula,” the female jaguar who was recently recorded on two neighboring ranches, Los Alisos and La Mesa Rica, near the reserve’s boundary. This photo is very exciting since it appears that her stomach is still a little swollen. We hope to continue taking pictures of Libélula and that a baby jaguar will soon appear in one of the photos.
See you next time with more news about the jaguars,
Daniela Gutiérrez has worked on the Northern Jaguar Reserve and Viviendo con Felinos ranches since March 2011. As a jaguar guardian, she maintains an extensive network of motion-triggered cameras on the reserve and ranches, inventories the ecological health of the land and water, and patrols the area to keep out poachers.