I have just stumbled across an excellent video from the Crees Foundation. It is a compilation of trail camera footage from the Manu Biosphere Reserve in Peru: a UNESCO World Heritage site that I would love to visit.
The main stars of this video are Manu’s jaguars (Panthera onca), but the reserve’s white-lipped peccaries (Tayassu pecari) also get some screen time. This is important, because jaguars do not live in isolation. They depend on their prey for survival, which in turn depend on plants. Jaguars are embedded within complex ecosystems: just like ourselves. This means that conservation initiatives which benefit apex predators like jaguars have the potential to strengthen entire ecosystems.
I suspect I will revisit this topic in the future. But for now, enjoy the footage. It is not everyday that one gets to see how jaguars and white-lipped peccaries behave when there are no humans around.