27 Feb

A Message from Panthera's Executive Director of Jaguar Programs, Dr. Howard Quigley: Real Recovery for Jaguars in the Pantanal


Dear Friend of Panthera,

CBS '60 Minutes' recently aired an exclusive update on Noca, the first female jaguar radio-collared through Panthera's Pantanal Jaguar Project, featured in a 2010 CBS story.

Well worth a follow-up, the '60 Minutes' program highlighted the exciting birth of Noca's female cub, along with recent footage of her mating with a resident male. Noca's story represents a much larger success - a real recovery for jaguars across Panthera's sites in the Pantanal.

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Watch the uplifting one-minute CBS update on Noca.

In just five years since our Project's inception, we are thrilled to see steady and continuing growth in the local jaguar population within the Pantanal, Brazil.

On the two ranches where Panthera is working, camera trapping efforts have identified 27 jaguars in 2012, compared to 17 individuals in 2011. Jaguars are seen far more frequently year after year, also contributing to a boom in ecotourism, where local people are experiencing economic benefits of having jaguars living in this landscape.

I'm so proud of the progress we've made. Panthera's team has been working with local communities and partners day in and day out to apply solutions to conflict between ranchers and jaguars, reducing the number of cattle killed by jaguars by improving cattle husbandry techniques. That translates to fewer jaguars being killed by frustrated ranchers. And last year we even opened a school on the ranches for both kids and cowboys, showing that conservation ranches can be good for employees, too. With our research program layered into all of this, we are able to show the data which is important in expanding this positive example to other regions.

The Pantanal Jaguar Project is a great example of conservation in 2013 - an integrated landscape where jaguars, the largest cat in the Americas, can live alongside people, in a mutually beneficial environment. It's a model for the recovery of jaguar populations across their range and will be used as a guide in the 13 jaguar countries where Panthera is carrying out jaguar conservation initiatives.

Please help us protect the next generation of jaguars by making a contribution to support Panthera's jaguar conservation programs.

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100 percent of your donation goes to the field, protecting jaguars like Noca and her growing cub, where it matters most.

Thank you so much for your support.


Dr. Howard Quigley
Executive Director of Jaguar Programs