I’m thankful to live on a planet with so many extraordinary animals – including jaguars – and that there are people working hard to conserve them. This year, I’m especially thankful to Jaguar USA and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) for teaming up to raise money for jaguars on International Jaguar Day.
Often, the persecution of predators like jaguars (Panthera onca) is blamed – at least in part – on livestock depredation: jaguars kill cattle, and hence people kill jaguars. But what happens when there are no cattle? In areas where human communities do not rely on livestock for their livelihoods, would they be more tolerant of jaguars? That is the question that Jillian Knox and her co-authors set out to answer.
I have just read a study that was published last year in PLOS ONE. It examined the effects of road development on jaguar conservation in Ecuador, and found, not surprisingly, that more roads equal fewer jaguars.
Here’s a cool post from Panthera, an international wild-cat conservation organization. Apparently, November is the Month of the Jaguar/El Mes Del Jaguar.
Many people have heard about the devastating fires in the Brazilian Amazon. Unfortunately, neighboring Bolivia has also suffered from heightened fire activity this summer, as has the Brazilian Pantanal: the…
Researchers A. M. Lemieux and Nicholas Bruschi recently published an insightful paper about one of the illicit products being sold for use in Traditional Chinese Medicine: jaguar paste. They constructed “crime scripts” to determine how this substance is produced and traded, and to provide informed suggestions on how to curtail this alarming practice.
Here’s a new article about northern jaguars by Kendal Blust, writing for Fronteras Desk.
When one thinks of wildlife conservation, it’s tempting to think of non-profit organizations and government agencies. After all, that’s who does much of the front-lines conservation work. Biologist Ron Pulliam is trying something different: a for-profit company.