Support the Jaguar on Giving Tuesday

November 27, 2018

Will you support the jaguars who call this place home with a gift today?

This is a cave on one of the Viviendo con Felinos ranches. A vaquero happened on this place after he followed an unmistakable musky odor. A jaguar-munched javelina skull greeted him near the cave’s entrance. Bones were scattered in the leaf litter, on the cave’s front porch, and pulled into its dark chambers. Then he experienced the thrill of his lifetime: Two jaguars emerged.

The vaquero had more than a fleeting glimpse of these jaguars. When his peers from neighboring ranches gathered to hear him recount this experience, they admired his good fortune, wishing they too could see a jaguar. This is the kind of response that is needed throughout the jaguar’s range.

With your support this year:

  • We signed protective agreements with 14 ranchers across 76,145 total acres.
  • We photographed nine jaguars on eight Viviendo con Felinos ranches – triple the individuals and quadruple the jaguar photos on these ranches compared to the previous year.
  • We had four Viviendo con Felinos ranches with multiple jaguars, both new individuals and long-term residents.
  • We recorded the highest number of ocelot and mountain lion photos in a single year.
  • We distributed $45,000 in incentives to promote the presence of living wildlife.
  • We assisted ranchers with restoration projects and organized activities to get youth out into nature. 
  • We documented mating jaguars on the Northern Jaguar Reserve.
  • We surpassed 1,000 total jaguar photos to date.

We also installed a motion-triggered camera at the cave site. We were sure there would be photos of the big cats.

Almost immediately, jaguars appeared on the cave camera. The top photo is Libélula; she is our second-longest documented jaguar at six-and-a-half years. The second photo is a new jaguar we do not know much about yet. These images were taken on the same camera… only seven hours apart.

Before Viviendo con Felinos, the ranch owner might have instructed his vaquero to kill these jaguars on sight. Today, ranchers tell us they would reach for a camera instead. People’s hearts are changing, and cats are finding safe places to thrive. 

Your support makes this possible. As part of #GivingTuesday, your contributions help reduce hostilities during a time with increased feline presence. Your gifts matter for Libélula, her cubs, new jaguars, and old friends.

Our goal is to have 100 people contribute during this global day of giving. That’s ambitious for our small organization and starts with you. Please help us kick off our year-end season of giving with a tax-deductible donation today. Any donation amount is appreciated and is guaranteed to have a big impact >>

Many thanks for your support!