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.
Panthera applauds the President of Colombia, the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, and Colombian Parks Unit for the recent expansion of Chiribiquete National Park. Long considered one of the most significant, core protected areas of the Colombian Amazon, this park, now the size of Belgium, is home to a myriad of wildlife, including thriving jaguar populations.
Recently, GlobalPost reporter Simeon Tegel joined Panthera’s Research Fellow, Bart Harmsen, for a trip to Belize’s Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve to learn about Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Initiative and the state of the country’s largest wild cat. Read the article below, entitled Cockscomb Basin: Where the Big Cats Are, or on GlobalPost’s site to learn about the landscape and jaguars of Belize and Panthera’s work to protect this wild cat in Belize and beyond, and hear anecdotes from Harmsen about the first time he encountered a jaguar in the wild.
The Weather Channel has launched a new film series entitled Brink featuring the stories of six eco-heroes working to save wildlife, including Panthera's CEO and renowned wild cat scientist, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz.
Watch 'A Boy's Promise' to learn about Dr. Rabinowitz, his childhood, and the promise he made to one day be the voice for animals, and how he has carried through on this promise for jaguars by creating Panthera's Jaguar Corridor Initiative.
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Enjoy our photo of the day of a jaguar swimming in the Brazilian Pantanal, taken by Panthera's President, Dr. Luke Hunter. Did u know that jaguars are very strong swimmers and have been known to swim the Panama Canal?
Check out Panthera's Jaguar Fact Sheet.
Learn more about Panthera’s Pantanal Jaguar Project.
Earlier this year, prior to Panthera’s signing of an MOU with the Guyana government, several of our scientists embarked on a ten-day exploratory expedition of Guyana’s Rewa River to assess the state of biodiversity and threats facing this watershed. This is the first post by Panthera’s Vice President, Dr. George Schaller, of the Guyana Jungle Journey blog series.
Recently, a journalist from the Global Post visited Costa Rica's Tortuguero National Park, situated in the northeast Caribbean, to report on the fascinating findings of a jaguar research study carried out by Panthera grantee and National University of Costa Rica student, Stephanny Arroyo. Supported by Panthera and Global Vision International, Arroyo used camera traps to study local jaguars' eating habits and other behavior, and in the process, found that the jaguars in this particular region engaged in atypically social behavior, including eating, travelling and playing together.