Recently, 18 Latin American countries and several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) came up with a new plan to save jaguars (Panthera onca): the Jaguar 2030 Roadmap. Part of the new strategy to conserve the Americas’ largest cat included the establishment of the first ever International Jaguar Day.
Today, November 29, is that day.
In this press release, the conservation organization Panthera described International Jaguar Day as follows:
Celebrated annually on November 29, this day will raise awareness about threats facing the jaguar, conservation efforts ensuring its survival and the role of the jaguar as a keystone species whose presence is indicative of a healthy ecosystem – the foundation for a sustainable future for wildlife and people alike.
If you ask me, that sounds like the perfect holiday. I love how Panthera makes it clear that jaguar conservation is not just about jaguars: it helps to safeguard the ecosystems that countless other species, including humans, rely on. We are all embedded in this Earth, and we all have a stake in its future.
A great way to honor International Jaguar Day would be to take a few minutes to learn about this audacious cat. Panthera has a page that is full of information about jaguars, which is located here. Another great site is the IUCN’s (International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) assessment for Panthera onca: it contains much of the fundamental information about jaguar conservation. Also, for those who are so inclined, I have included links to some of my most popular jaguar-related posts in the “Further Reading” section below.
Happy International Jaguar Day! I hope you will set aside some time to learn about this incredible cat today, and to tell others about them as well.