Northern Jaguar Project
Rating: 4.97 stars 69 69 reviews 5,221
2114 W Grant Rd Ste 121 Tucson AZ 85745 USA
The mission of the Northern Jaguar Project (NJP) is to preserve and recover the world's northernmost population of the jaguar, its unique natural habitats, and native wildlife under its protection as a flagship, keystone, and umbrella species.
NJP and our Mexican conservation partner Naturalia have established the 50,000-acre Northern Jaguar Reserve, which encompasses prime jaguar habitat just 125 miles south of the Arizona border in Sonora, Mexico. Jaguars that roam this area now have a safe-haven sanctuary in the most remarkable, rugged wilderness left in northern Mexico.
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I could not possibly write enough positive words as I look back on my time in the reserve. My gratitude and appreciation for having me photograph the reserve was a remarkably rewarding experience. Not only was the physical nature of the reserve a magical sanctuary for a very special collection of life, but the passionate individuals involved in the project are equally as impactful. It was a privilege to intimately learn the land, the animals, the history, the day to day structure, and future goals of the organization.
Taking in the life and landscapes in the reserve was a breathtaking experience at all hours. The omnipresent green growth enraptured every inch of ground. The juxtaposition of desert and jungle life is a remarkable interaction I have never previously seen. I did not have any expectations and the mountains moved me. It is certainly one of the most if not the most beautifully, inhospitable regions I have ever visited. Life was abound in every corner, from the macro fauna to large mammals and bite sized campsite visitors welcomed or not. Starting ours days with the sky bleeding and ending our hikes in a purple hue with the sound of thunder over the mountains, Mother Nature provided a very diverse set of visuals.
I am extremely thankful for this opportunity. I really appreciated learning the roots of the organization, how they operate on the ground, and the dedication the organization puts forward to be constantly working to move this conservation effort to even greater heights. I look forward to hearing and seeing the successes, partnerships, and future acquisitions that can assist in NJP's conservation goals.
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The Northern Jaguar Project offered me an amazing opportunity to accompany the Jaguar Guardians as an intern Mid-Summer 2015. This opportunity offered me a chance to leave the country, learn and participate in their methods, and stay in the remote wilderness that is the Northern Jaguar Reserve. It was a fulfilling experience, and I am thankful for the opportunity to stay in this truly wild, semi-tropical, place. The conservation efforts of the NJP can be seen within the Reserve, and also with the relationship that is being formed with rancher in surrounding areas. Long term efforts such as these, in my humble opinion, give hope for preserving crucial wildlife habitat and changing the local ethic regarding the environment.
The preserve was only a few hours from a big city, but traveling to it your slowly transported to a different world. During the rain season all the mountains are covered in greenery and you understand why this is the perfect place as a sanctuary.
Working alongside of the guardians I was able to learn and understand how the animals move and live within the wild. The staff are extremely involved in the up keeping of the preserve, and everyone around has a true and pure kindness towards the environment in which they are protecting.
The ranchers and staff are true hero's, they are changing the world of the Jaguars and helping change our world for the better.
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On a recent trip to visit the Northern Jaguar Preserve I had the opportunity to meet with ranchers, farmers and community members to learn how they were connected to this important conservation work. I was struck by the passion, dedication and commitment that each person contributes and hearing their unique stories. This project is important work and the grassroots conservation efforts are to be applauded. There is much work to be done and I would encourage anyone to learn more about this nonprofit and how they can contribute. Marie Long
In an era where native habitats for critically endangered species are threatened and seemingly in decline everywhere, there is a 50,000 acre success story in Northern Mexico that gives hope to conservationists and life to the desert.
On a recent visit to the Northern Jaguar Reserve, I was struck by the drastic and visible difference between the land on the reserve and that of its neighbors. After only a few years without cattle grazing, and with some care from skilled and compassionate human hands, the Northern Jaguar Reserve has blossomed into a lush and truly wild landscape that transports visitors and residents (wild native species that is, of course there are no permanent human residents) alike back to a time when humans were not on the top of the food chain. For as the canyons and cliffs, rivers and steams, have returned with abundant desert life of all kinds, it is on this land that the largest population of jaguar (not to mention mountain lion, bobcat, and ocelot) north of the tropics has been able to survive. The vital work that NJP is doing in this area gives me hope that one day this population might again thrive.
The life of the desert and the life of the jaguar are intimately entwined. This is ecology in action and nowhere is it more evident, than on the lush slopes of the Sierra Zetasorra in the Northern Jaguar Reserve.Please support these efforts in whatever way you can.
Northern Jaguar Project is one of the most progressive and effective nonprofits I've had the opportunity to work with over the past 20 years. Although I have been reading about their work for many years, it wasn't until I visited the jaguar reserve in Sonora, Mexico last winter that I was able to better understand what a profound impact this organization has on the land, its animals and people.
NJP helped teach me the true meaning of the word "wild." I have been to wilderness areas on almost every continent, but the mountains, canyons and river on the reserve redefined my understanding of wilderness. If there has ever been an advocate and hero for the jaguar and its environs, it's NJP.
During my senior year of high school, I had the option of interning with NJP. Although another internship became my choice, the ethics and mission of NJP stood tall in my mind for years. Recently I contacted NJP, hoping I can volunteer and be a part of their amazing mission to preserve the North American Jaguar population, and the eco systems inhabited by them. The work done by them is nothing short a bad ass, from working with Mexican locals who reside near or around the preserve to be a part of the solution, to awareness programs all over southern AZ, to installing cameras and tracking migrating Jaguars, and more. The work is immense and done by few, who seem to work endlessly for an amazing purpose. The opinions I have and the time i spend volunteering, exist only because I have seen the positive work, the sacrifices and energy spent to do the work, and the selflessness of those who do it. I believe in the cause, but i believe in NJP because of those who run it.
Northern Jaguar Project is a wonderful organization that is trying to preserve not only one of the worlds most beautiful animals but also one of North Americas truly last wild places. I have been impressed by the genuine and caring nature of the staff at NJP who have selflessly given themselves to defending the northern most breeding population of jaguars left in North America.
I am so proud to be working alongside such wonderful individuals who work tirelessly to advocate and educate the surrounding community for the sake of preserving one of mother natures most wonderful ecosystems.
I cannot thank NJP enough for their hard work and dedication and I am excited to see what the future holds for not only the organization but for the northern jaguar.
We first became aware f NJP about ten years ago and have followed their good work every since. They have done more with less than almost any non-profit I can think of and have become enormously effective advocates for jaguars. Besides directly providing sanctuary on the Northern Jaguar Reserve in Sonora, Mexico, they have enrolled and educated adjoining ranchers to live with jaguars, bobcats, pumas and ocelots through their Viviendo con Felines program. End result: everybody wins
The NJP is a wonderful example of big thinking combined with practical expertise. They're creating a network of committed people that spans an international boundary and connects different people from different backgrounds and experience to the goal of biodiversity and especially protecting an apex predator, the jaguar. Plus, their instagram posts are just plain fun.
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