Hello everyone, it is wonderful to be writing again. I just wanted to give you a quick update on how my travels are progressing. I have now been in Belize for over a month, and I have had many adventures during that time. I spent three weeks performing archaeological work in the jungle (the Rio … More Update from Belize
Mexico is an important country for jaguar (Panthera onca) conservation. Not only is it the third most important country in the world for biodiversity (Valdez, Guzmán-Aranda, Abarca, Tarango-Arámbula, & Sánchez, 2006), but it is suspected that the jaguars recently sighted in the United States came from the Mexican state of Sonora. Luckily Mexican conservationists are … More Mexican Conservationists are Committed to Jaguar Recovery
I am happy to report that jaguars have recently been featured by two well-known environmental groups: Defenders of Wildlife and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Both organizations have given jaguars a special spotlight in their most recent newsletters. I received the Fall 2015 issue of Defenders of Wildlife’s publication Defenders a few days ago, and it … More Jaguars Getting some Well-Deserved Media Attention
As mentioned before, one of the most significant threats to jaguars is human-wildlife conflict. This conflict is often described as being driven by the cats’ tendency to prey on livestock. If this conceptualization is correct, then resolving it should be straightforward. If conservationists can prevent jaguars from harming domestic animals, then ranchers will stop killing … More Human-Jaguar Conflict may be More Complex than it Seems
Just a few days ago I wrote about how the proposed Nicaraguan Interoceanic Canal threatens jaguars. This canal would slice through two key travel corridors for Panthera onca and other endangered species, potentially isolating populations on either side. Here is some more information from Eric Niiler of Discovery News. As it stands, scientists believe there … More More Information on the Nicaraguan Interoceanic Canal
The modern jaguar (Panthera onca) is a resident of South, Central, and southern North America. But in order to get there, its ancestors had to traverse nearly the entire globe. According to Tseng et al. (2013), the genus Panthera originated in Asia during the Miocene period. This is because fossils of the oldest known member … More The Historic Journey of the Jaguar
I just came across this article from GlobalPost. It claims that drug traffickers are wiping out protected rainforests in Central America. As a result, jaguar are now at risk for extirpation in Honduras and Guatemala. Drug traffickers are moving into protected areas and converting them into cattle ranches. This allows them to profit from the … More Drug Traffickers are Decimating Jaguar Habitat in Central America
Unlike many cats, jaguars love water. In fact they are rarely found far from it: they even hunt in water.
Great photo of a jaguar. The photographer’s comments are also worth reading. As he said, zoos are double-edged swords. They are crucial for conservation, but animals like jaguars aren’t meant to live in cages.
I realize that while this is supposed to be a blog about jaguars, nearly all of my posts have either been about myself or other species. Therefore I have put together a basic list of facts concerning jaguar ecology and conservation. This is by no means a comprehensive description of Panthera onca. If you wish … More Jaguar Quick Facts