Northern Jaguar Reserve

Northern Jaguar Reserve


(tranquil music) – [Narrator] The
Northern Jaguar Reserve spans over 55,000 acres in
northeastern Sonora, Mexico. Conservationists there are
restoring a central habitat for the endangered Jaguar, that has been almost
completely wiped out in the US-Mexico borderlands. The jaguar is North
America’s top predator. Big, strong and elusive,
it holds a unique place in the legend and lore
of big cats in the wild. Nestled between the
Aros and Yaqui Rivers, this region is woven
with a wide variety of contrasting
habitats, allowing for an immense diversity of
species to co-exist and thrive. Over 500 species of plants have been documented
on the reserve, providing food and shelter for a multitude
of insect species. It is also home to an abundance of amphibians,
reptiles and birds, as well as 40 different mammal
species, like these coati, resting high in the safety
of a native palm tree while predators roam below. (rousing guitar music) This is home to the
northernmost population of jaguars on the planet. The teams that do this work must hike great distances
over difficult terrain to maintain more than
200 camera traps. The gathered photos
allow researchers to see the overall physical condition
of the jaguar population, their territory size and which
species share this territory. Over the past decade, reserve
biologist Miguel Gomez has perfected the art of
tracking these wandering cats. (rousing guitar music) To extend the safety of jaguars
beyond the reserve’s border, camera traps are also placed
on neighboring ranches. Ranchers are compensated whenever images of
wild cats are captured. This involvement with
the local community has played a crucial part in stopping illegal hunting
of these endangered predators. When night falls, jaguar
activity picks up. (nocturnal birds singing) It’s extremely rare to
encounter a wild jaguar. Its survival depends
on its ability to blend into the
environment and not be seen. (tranquil music)
(birds singing) (calm guitar music) The effort to preserve this
crucial wildlife habitat extends beyond international
borders, walls and fences, and that raises the hope
of an optimistic future for the elusive and
endangered jaguar.

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