Dear Friend of Panthera,
Jaguars are the largest predators in the Americas. They need space to roam and prey to eat; but this is often where the problem begins.
As a veterinarian who has specialized in working on ranches for over 30 years in the Venezuelan Llanos, and now as Panthera's Jaguar Cattle-Conflict Manager, I have seen and experienced the frustration of losing livestock to jaguars and how this can impact livelihoods. But I've also seen how most people are looking for solutions for living with these big cats.
That's the best part of my job. I work with ranchers across the jaguar's range to implement solutions that help prevent conflicts and increase tolerance for living with these cats.
Over the years, I've seen that if given options, ranchers are less likely to 'kill the cat'. Alleviating conflict throughout the Jaguar Corridor is one of Panthera's main priorities because it's one of the greatest threats to jaguars. But we're having success.
We're over halfway to reaching our $10,000 fundraising goal. If we can meet our goal, two generous donors have agreed to provide matching grants for a total of $20,000 to protect jaguars throughout their range.
In the Brazilian Pantanal, ranchers often lose newborn calves to jaguars. Instead of seeking retribution, a local rancher, with Panthera's help, began placing his calves in sheep corrals enclosed by bamboo, iron poles and mesh fencing. Our camera traps recorded jaguars approaching the enclosure, but with no way to enter, they retreated, and the calves have been safe ever since.
We've also found that placing herds of Indian water buffalo among livestock deters jaguar attacks, as buffalo are large and will defend their herd against predators. We are providing vaccinations to protect cows from pests and preventable diseases, which increases both the productivity of the herd and tolerance for losing a few cows to jaguars.
Panthera is coupling these husbandry efforts with other services for local people, such as the small school that just opened in the Pantanal. Children living on the ranches attend during the day and ranch hands learn to read and write at night.
Saving jaguars includes working with and listening to those who live with them. I do this a lot. And Panthera is doing this across 13 of the 18 jaguar range states because where we have local buy-in, the jaguar stands a fighting chance.
Help us reduce human-jaguar conflict throughout the Jaguar Corridor by making a contribution:
- $250 provides one camera trap used to monitor jaguars, their prey and cattle enclosures
- $500 can support local people to monitor conflict situations
- $1,000 contributes materials like fencing and flood lights to help make a ranch 'jaguar-friendly' and reduce conflict
- $2,500 can support an educational workshop and cover the costs of manuals containing solutions for mitigating conflict
Dr. Rafael Hoogesteijn
Jaguar-Cattle Conflict Coordinator, Panthera