15 Dec

National Geographic Films Feature Panthera’s Jaguar and Cougar Conservation Programs


As part of ‘Big Cat Week,’ National Geographic WILD has debuted two new films featuring Panthera's jaguar projects in Belize and Brazil, and the Teton Cougar Project, run in partnership with Craighead Beringia South. Hunt for the Shadow Cat, which features Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Initiative and Pantanal Jaguar Project, will be aired this evening at 10pm et/pt.

Tune in to follow Panthera’s Jaguar Program Executive Director, Dr. Howard Quigley, as he and cougar capture specialist, Boone Smith, travel into jaguar territory to help solve pressing jaguar conservation issues. In Belize, the pair meet with Panthera’s Jaguar Field Scientist, Omar Figueroa, to track jaguars in the tropical forests of Belize. Beset by a project tragedy, but discovering essential insights about jaguar corridor dynamics, the team is encouraged and journeys to the Brazilian Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland, to tie together critical parts of Panthera’s Pantanal Jaguar Project.

Also learn how Panthera’s scientists monitor jaguars to learn about their range use, population size, interactions with local ranchers, and more, using high-tech GPS technology. See how Boone and Howard work with Panthera’s Jaguar-Cattle Conflict Director, Dr. Rafael Hoogesteijn, to mitigate livestock depredation and camera trap jaguars near livestock kills to identify individual jaguars responsible for the livestock attacks. Also watch the team track Noca – the first female jaguar collared by Panthera’s jaguar field scientists in the Pantanal (and named by Panthera’s fans) during the 2011 CBS 60 Minutes program, In Search of the Jaguar.

Click here to view film clips and photos and learn more about ‘Hunt for the Shadow Cat’ and Panthera’s jaguar conservation programs.