Today, we bring you a blog post written by Panthera grantee and wildlife scientist Dr. Evi Paemelaere, who is currently carrying out a project to learn more about the presence and distribution of jaguars in the Rupununi region of Guyana. Read the post to learn about Evi’s excursions into the field to set up camera traps and see photos of the incredible wildlife captured on film, including Evi’s first camera trap photo of a healthy and very well-fed jaguar and ocelots, black curassows, tapirs, capybaras, agoutis, coatis, bats, and other animals whose names you may or may not recognize.
We are excited to share that Panthera grantee and wildlife biologist, Dr. Evi Paemelaere, is now sharing stories about her research on jaguars in the Rupununi region of central Guyana through ‘The Rupununi Report’ blog series, hosted on the Adventures in Climate Change website. Learn about the incredible experiences Evi has had in the field and the wildlife she has encountered (pictures included!) while researching the presence and distribution of jaguars in this region, as part of Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Initiative.
Panthera’s Corridor Coordinator for our Northern South America Program, Dr. Esteban Payán Garrido, has been invited to speak at this year’s TEDx conference in Panama City, Panama on October 5th. Dr. Payán will present a lecture entitled “Un jaguar por tu vida” or “A Jaguar for Your Life” in which he will discuss the concept of the Jaguar Corridor, which Panthera is implementing through the Jaguar Corridor Initiative.
Smithsonian Magazine has just released its October edition featuring Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Initiative and Pantanal Jaguar Project in the magazine’s cover story, ‘The Jaguar Freeway.’ Written by Sharon Guynup, this article paints a beautiful picture of the incredible flora and fauna of the Brazilian Pantanal - home to the world’s highest density of jaguars - and discusses Panthera’s work to protect this iconic wild cat. Learn how the jaguar has been woven into Central and South American cultures and religions for centuries, its survival through the 1960s/70s global jaguar pelt trade, and how it is being protected with the help of scientists like Panthera CEO Dr.
In order to provide Panthera’s community of wild cat enthusiasts with the most comprehensive and up to date news about issues and events within the wild cat conservation field, we are launching a new, daily ‘Wild Cat Conservation News’ blog series. Each day, we will aggregate and share a summary of the most relevant and breaking news impacting the 37 species of wild cats around the world.
Posted by Dr. Luke Hunter
Panthera is always on the lookout for interesting stories to share from our scientists, researchers, and partners to document their favorite encounters with big cats in the wild. Read Panthera President Dr. Luke Hunter's tale of encountering a jaguar at night in Costa Rica's Corcovado National Park, equipped with nothing more than a pair of shorts and a Maglite flashlight.
Panthera and Rogers Family Company are excited to announce that ‘Rare Find’ was selected as the winning name for the ‘Panthera Jaguar’ coffee blend in the Rogers Family Company's "Organic Coffee Co" brand lineup. Recently, Panthera and Rogers Family Company held a ‘Name the Panthera Jaguar Coffee’ contest on their Facebook pages. Four names submitted by fans were chosen as the finalists, after which a voting period was held. The three runner-ups include “Uproar,” “Spot On,” and “Jaguar Java.” We would like to extend a warm ‘Congratulations’ to all of the winners! Click here for prize details.
Panthera Film ‘My Pantanal’ Selected as Finalist for Best Children’s Program at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
‘My Pantanal’ – a film written and directed by Panthera’s Vice President, Andrea Heydlauff, about our ongoing jaguar conservation initiatives in the Brazilian Pantanal – has just been selected as a finalist (one of three films) in the Best Children’s Program category at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. The Festival is internationally renowned as the largest and most prestigious competition of the nature genre, and this year a record 510 films from over 30 countries were submitted for 22 category awards.
This short video clip shows a beautiful jaguar grooming himself on a riverbank in the Pantanal – a region in western Brazil, on the border with Bolivia and Paraguay, that is home to the world’s largest wetland and the highest density of jaguars. The video was taken during the filming of My Pantanal – a short Panthera film told through the eyes of a 10 year old boy, Aerenilso, who lives on a conservation ranch in the Pantanal. With as many as 2,500 ‘fazendas’, or ranches, the Pantanal is home to nearly eight million cattle, and is therefore also a hotbed for conflict between local ranchers and jaguars.
Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Initiative spans 13 of the 18 jaguar range states in Latin America. One of these being Belize - home of the Central Belize Corridor that serves as the critical link between jaguar populations in Mexico and Guatemala, and all jaguar populations south of Belize. Situated on the Caribbean Sea, Belize experiences a rainy or ‘green’ season
, from June to November, and a ‘dry’ season from November to May, which locals have fittingly called the ‘fire season.’