Javier Carazo Salazar, MS

Field Scientist, Costa Rica Jaguar Program

Javier Carazo Salazar is a Jaguar Corridor Biologist based in Costa Rica. Born in San Jose, Costa Rica, Javier is familiar with the country’s landscape and as such, spends much of his time doing “ground-truthing” field work to monitor jaguar and jaguar prey populations and work with local communities and individual ranchers to improve their livestock husbandry practices and reduce human-jaguar conflicts. Before joining Panthera in 2009, Javier attended the Latin University of Costa Rica, receiving his degree in Biological Sciences with an emphasis on Ecology and Sustainable Development.

Javier then spent two years volunteering as a Research Assistant for multiple sea turtle conservation projects on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Javier returned to school in 2006, majoring in Tropical Biology with emphasis on Natural Resources Management at the Costa Rica National University. While obtaining this degree, Javier collaborated with the University of Costa Rica on a project involving the study of the genetic variation and overall health of primates. Javier then went on to receive his Master’s degree in Wildlife Management and Conservation at the National University, conducting his thesis on the status of jaguars, ocelots and prey species in Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park.