May 21, 2012
On this trip, the days were longer and the temperature was warmer both during the day and at night. The first ranch we visited was Rancho El Puerto, where the month’s only jaguar photo was taken. The jaguar was identified as “Caza,” the female who was first photographed at Rancho Las Tésotas (now part of the reserve). After next checking the cameras at La Mesa Rica, Laqui and I spent the night at Rancho Los Alisos. The following day when we were checking the last cameras here, the truck began to have problems so we returned to Sahuaripa for repairs. Once fixed, we went to La Tinaja where I met up with ranch owner Diego Ezrre. He suggested that I change the locations of the cameras on his ranch since all of the watering holes are dry. The day we spent at La Tinaja was very warm, as was the next day when we checked the cameras at Rancho Las Sabanillas.
After that, the climate changed a little and was mostly cloudy during the next three days, which helped us reach the camera sites. The following day when we went to check the camera up on El Guano hill, we left for the climb very early in the morning before the temperature rose. I returned to Sahuaripa to pick up Gabriel so he could supervise work on the new cattle-exclusion zone at Bábaco. We went directly to the ranch and the following day rode horseback to see the location of the cattle exclusion.
We traveled through a large part of the ranch I had not seen before, including the border with La Ventana and the reserve. We finally arrived at a place where there is a big waterfall when it rains. Even now in the dry season, there is still water in this part of the ranch. In the afternoon, I checked Bábaco’s cameras, and we spent the night there. The only problem with this plan was the roosters crowing during the early morning hours, which kept us from sleeping very well.
Until next time,
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.