Panthera's Jaguar Footprint

Jaguars exist today in 18 countries in Latin America. Panthera currently works, through partnerships and grantees, in 13 countries, with plans to move into an additional two countries in the coming year:


Conducting surveys of jaguars that show they are living outside of protected areas in good numbers. The results have also helped identify some important and understudied areas for jaguars in western Mexico.


With field surveys, landowner assistance, and training, we are identifying and securing the Central Belize Corridor, the critical and only link between the jaguar population in Mexico and Guatemala, and all other jaguar populations south of Belize.


“Ground truthing” the Guatemala border with Belize to understand and alleviate impacts of illegal settlements on jaguars and their habitat; and seeking solutions for sustainable resource management, such as controlled xate palm extraction for the international floral industry.


Hosting meetings with ranchers to help mitigate jaguar conflict. We are also “ground truthing” the western corridor to understand and alleviate impacts of heavy truck traffic from the ports, that could sever a key jaguar corridor link.


Completing interviews with local people throughout the remote and unexplored northern corridor to verify jaguar presence; Nicaragua contains expansive tracts of core jaguar habitat, but keeping connections intact will be key to jaguar survival.

Costa Rica

Providing biodigesters, which convert organic waste into liquid fertilizer and gas, to help mitigate jaguar conflicts with indigenous communities. Maintaining pigs in enclosures protects them from jaguars and provides communities with alternative energy and fertilizer.

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Finalizing an agreement with the Panamanian government to work on a national strategy for jaguar conservation and rancher conflict mitigation; we are participating in the development of a country-wide jaguar conservation strategy, and moving toward recognition of the jaguar corridor in 2010.


Collaborating with the Ministry of the Environment in re-delineating forest reserves and helping define conservation objectives in key national parks. Our involvement has brought new knowledge about conservation threats and produced fine-scale maps of uncharted areas in the northern part of the country.

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Exploring the potential for jaguar passage from the Pacific coast populations through the Andes and into the Amazon basin; as well as measuring and monitoring the bushmeat market and mitigating road impacts.


Creating a living model of a productive and economically viable cattle ranch that is compatible with jaguar conservation; and delivering basic health care to the underserved communities living in these areas. We are also surveying the Atlantic coast to determine the boundaries and densities of core jaguar populations.


Helping ranchers better manage their livestock to protect them from jaguars.


Developing a distribution map for jaguars, and identifying important corridors for them between existing protected areas.


Collecting valuable data on livestock depredations to understand the scope of the problem and determine conservation actions; and analyzing genetic data of jaguars from an understudied area.


jaguar Programs

closeup of Jaguar Jaguar Corridor Initiative | Conserving Jaguars from Argentina to Mexico
Aerial view of the Pantanal, Brazil Pantanal Jaguar Project | Bridging the Jaguar-Cattle Divide

Panthera on the Ground

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.’

 See a map of Belize and the Central Belize Corridor.

How you can help jaguars right now: