In partnership with governments, corporations, and local communities, Panthera is leading or supporting efforts in nine of the 18 jaguar range states to link core jaguar populations from Mexico to Argentina.
Although the jaguar is a symbol of the natural and cultural heritage of Mexico, their range has been reduced by over 50 percent in the country. Since 2008, Panthera has supported research in Mexico to determine the presence of jaguars in the corridors south of the Sierra Madre Oriental, in the Jalisco-Sonora corridor and in the jungles of the Lacandon Forest.
In April 2015, the Mexican government and Panthera signed a Memorandum of Understanding, outlining a partnership to protect jaguars by implementing a wide array of science-based conservation activities. Priority initiatives are to confirm the current distribution of the jaguar, survey potentially-important corridors between core populations, and assist in the security of critical protected areas. Activities will also focus on mitigating human-jaguar conflict in country.
Panthera has finished ground-truthing, or validating, the primary corridors in Central America, and now focuses on conservation applications to reduce the impacts of human development and promote sustainable use of natural resources, such as sustainable hunting practices in Belize and Honduras. A key component of our work in Central America involves working with ranchers and indigenous communities to mitigate human-jaguar conflict, including constructing well-fortified enclosures to protect livestock. Currently, in Central America, the Jaguar Corridor Initiative is being carried out in Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Panthera has signed Memoranda of Understanding with the governments of Belize, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.
In South America, Panthera is working to ground-truth, or verify, key corridors within the “backbone” corridors that will be the primary focus for our conservation actions from northern Colombia, through the Amazon, to northern Argentina. In Colombia, these efforts involve working with the Ministry of the Environment to define conservation areas and objectives in key national parks. In our continued effort to mitigate human-jaguar conflict, Panthera’s team in Brazil is working through the new Panthera Brasil to create a living model of a productive and economically viable cattle ranch in a strategically important site in the northern Pantanal. Currently, in South America, the Jaguar Corridor Initiative is being carried out in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, and Venezuela. Memoranda of Understanding have been signed with the governments of Colombia and Guyana.