Press Release: New Protection for the Jaguar: Belize and Panthera Sign Critical Conservation Agreement
Belmopan, Belize – New strides for the future of the jaguar were made last week with the signing of a critical conservation agreement between the government of Belize, Panthera, a global wild cat conservation organization, and the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) of the University of Belize.
In January, the Smithsonian Magazine released a video “The Jaguar Highway” of Panthera’s Media Director and National Geographic photographer, Steve Winter talking about jaguars, where they live, how they kill their prey, how the Mayan’s viewed them. Learn how Steve captured photos of one of the most rarely viewed cats and what Panthera is doing through the Jaguar Corridor Initiative to protect ‘America’s Tiger’.
Learn more about the Jaguar Corridor Initiative
Nestled in the Central American country of Belize, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary exists as a sacred refuge - a home and passageway for the jaguars of Central America, and a source of pride and achievement for the people of Belize, and the scientists of Panthera.
Panthera’s Dr. Howard Quigley Discusses ‘The Fate of the Jaguar’ on National Geographic’s ‘Cat Watch’ Blog
Earlier this week, National Geographic’s ‘Cat Watch’ blog published an informative interview with Panthera's Jaguar Program Executive Director, Dr. Howard Quigley, on ‘The Fate of the Jaguar.’ In this profile of the state and future of the Americas’ largest big cat, Dr. Quigley frankly describes the foundation of Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Initiative – the largest carnivore conservation program in existence, spanning nearly six million square kilometers, which seeks to ‘connect and protect’ the most core jaguar populations ranging from Mexico to Argentina.
Want to help protect the Americas' largest big cat in style? For a limited time, Panthera is selling two beautiful jaguar paw pendant necklaces on our online store. These necklaces are made in both gold & silver by artist Nathalie Regnier. Click here to order your necklace now and Panthera will receive 40% from sales, thanks to the artist’s generous contribution.
The gold jaguar paw necklace is made in 925 sterling silver and plated in 18k gold. The jaguar paw pendant hangs on a 16 inch chain made of 925 sterling silver that is also plated in 18k gold. The silver jaguar paw necklaces is made in 925 sterling silver, and plated in sterling silver. The jaguar paw pendant hangs on a 16 inch chain.
Check out the Wildlife Research & Conservation site's profile of Panthera's Pantanal Jaguar Project to learn about the jaguar conservation work carried out by Panthera's scientists in the world's largest wetland, which is also home to the world¹s highest density of jaguars. Learn about the ecological research conducted by Panthera's Vice President, Dr. George Schaller, and Jaguar Program Executive Director, Dr. Howard Quigley, on jaguars in the Pantanal in the 1970s.
Learn more about Panthera's Pantanal Jaguar Project.
On Sunday, September 29th, Al Jazeera America’s TechKnow program will air a new segment on the elusive jaguar, hosted by Phil Torres, including Panthera’s footage of wild jaguars in Latin America. Learn about the Americas’ largest big cat, including how Panthera’s scientists and other field biologists use camera traps and other research tools to monitor jaguar populations throughout Central and South America and learn how to better protect the species across its range.
Our photo of the day shows a group of children celebrating – in rare form – the one year anniversary of their school’s opening in the Brazilian Pantanal. Last year, this school was opened, for both children and cowboys, on a ranch where Panthera works with local communities in the Pantanal to conserve the elusive jaguar. Learn more about Panthera’s jaguar conservation work through the Pantanal Jaguar Project.
This month, Guyana’s Sunday Times Magazine published an article on the country’s and the Americas’ largest wild cat – the elusive jaguar - known regionally as “turtle tiger”, among other nicknames. The article, entitled ‘Visit the Haven for the Elusive Jaguar,’ reports on the behavior and physical characteristics of the jaguar, which typically weigh in at 100-220 pounds, their choice of prey, interactions with local communities, and what Panthera is doing through the Jaguar Corridor Initiative to mitigate human-jaguar conflict and ‘connect and protect’ jaguars ranging from Mexico to Argentina to ensure the species’ genetic diversity, and long-term survival.
The leopard is the quintessential cat: stealthy, secretive and adaptable. It is able to exist in virtually all habitats from hyper-arid desert massifs in the Sahara to the dense equatorial forests of central Africa - the only African cat that occurs in both. The leopard eats prey ranging from dung beetles to wildebeest, and survives on domestic dogs near major cities; it can drink water from thermal springs and traverse Kilimanjaro’s snowline. However, all this adaptability comes at a price - the leopard occupies a conservation blind-spot, and is rarely thought of as threatened or needing conservation action. But the species has lost over 35% of its historic range in Africa and far more again throughout Asia.