10 Aug

Panthera’s Historic Agreement with the Costa Rican Government to Protect Jaguars Featured in The Costa Rica Star Newspaper


The Costa Rica Star newspaper recently reported on Panthera’s historic agreement, made this July, with the government of Costa Rica to protect the Americas’ largest wild cat – the elusive jaguar.

Earlier this summer, Costa Rica’s Minister of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (MINAET), Dr. René Castro, presided over the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, and MINAET, in San José.

Through this agreement, which will be later ratified and implemented by Costa Rica’s Conservation Areas National System (SINAC) Department Executive Director, Rafael Gutiérrez, both groups commit to carrying out rigorous scientific and conservation initiatives that will help in securing protected wild lands linking jaguar populations in Costa Rica and beyond, as well as ensure that the development of land around these protected areas is done in a way to benefit both wildlife and local communities.

The article features the following statement from Dr. Rabinowitz:

“This represents the fourth MOU that Panthera has signed with a Latin American government and once executed, will allow Panthera to better implement a “connect and protect” strategy that links and allows safe passage for jaguar populations throughout the species‟ range, from northern Mexico, through the heart of Costa Rica, to Argentina.”

Crowned by Nicaragua and bordered by Panama to the south, Costa Rica serves as a critical link in the global Jaguar Corridor, which aims to connect and protect jaguar populations ranging from Mexico to Argentina to ensure the species’ genetic diversity and survival. Today, Costa Rica serves as one of 18 Latin American countries that is home to the jaguar, and one of 13 countries in which Panthera is conducting jaguar conservation initiatives.

Read The Costa Rica Star article.

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