In our April newsletter edition, we shared that there has been an increase in the number of jaguar sightings in Jeanette Kawas National Park (JKNP) – one of the largest protected areas in northwestern Honduras. Just weeks ago, Panthera’s Honduras Jaguar Coordinator, Franklin Castañeda, journeyed through JKNP to check the last 5 camera traps still in place and to determine any new evidence of jaguars and other wildlife in the area.
Luckily enough, one camera trap captured the first photograph of a jaguar in Jeanette Kawas…and it’s a female! Considering the increase in hunting of jaguars by cattle ranchers in this area due to conflict, this camera trap photograph is a bit of good news for the jaguars of Honduras, as any sign of potentially breeding females indicates possible growth of the country’s jaguar populations.
On the heels of this discovery, Panthera was awarded a $25,000 grant from the USFWS Wildlife Without Borders- Latin America and the Caribbean Program to support our scientific work in Jeanette Kawas National Park, including conducting more scientific surveys, partnering with JKNP authorities to assess how the park’s wildlife is protected and improve efforts where needed, and working with local ranchers to mitigate human-jaguar conflict.
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