April 19, 2012
During this month’s field trip, there was a change in temperature, even though the mornings were still cool. The big news was that we were all surprised to see the first photo of a jaguar at Rancho Las Cuevas in the Arroyo La Curedita. He was identified as the jaguar known as “Ferb.”
At Rancho Las Sabanillas, I had changed the camera location on the previous visit to a place further away. Unfortunately, I had trouble finding the way back because I had changed it on a rainy day and there wasn’t a marked trail to this new location. Our vaquero Laqui and I searched a large part of the ranch looking for the camera, and even the GPS could not find it so we went around in circles. When we finally found it, I located a hill for future reference and put a marker showing the correct place. While there, we picked up a rock to make a cairn and found a false coral snake underneath. The good thing about what happened is that we traveled through a part of Las Sabanillas I had not visited before and documented a snake not yet seen on this ranch. Although this camera did not produce many photos, I still think it is a good location and hope to see good results in the coming months.
After this adventure, we went on to Bábaco. Even though we have had many feline photos at this ranch in the past, I was very surprised to see photos of three different jaguars at a place called La Cienega. There was also the single jaguar photograph at Rancho Las Cuevas, and it is interesting that Ferb was photographed on both of these ranches. Bábaco is significant because we have had sightings of new jaguars over the last few months, as well as photographs of those previously identified. Even “El Inmenso,” a jaguar who is always seen at the northern end of the reserve, was recorded at Bábaco. We hope to soon document a female jaguar, since so far we have just seen male jaguars here.
I almost forgot to mention that we had feline photographs on all of the neighboring ranches this month, and I will continue working toward more good results. We also recorded male trogons in the wide arroyo at Cajón del Mudo and a water snake.
I hope you have enjoyed hearing about this trip!
Daniela Gutiérrez began her position as the Viviendo con Felinos field technician in March 2011. She works with ranchers surrounding the Northern Jaguar Reserve monitoring wildlife, particularly the area’s four large felines, and promoting habitat restoration.