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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Preservation & Protection, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: 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.

Results: 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.

Geographic areas served: Sonora, Mexico

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Community Stories

83 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Northern Jaguar Project makes it happen for jaguars. They buy land to protect jaguars. They work to build relationships with communities and ranchers in northern Sonora, Mexico just south of the US border. They pay ranchers when a jaguar is photographed by wildlife cameras out on their land. So smart! Money donated to Northern Jaguar Project actually helps jaguars.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so proud that Northern Jaguar Project (NJP) is based in Tucson. I hope someday that southern Arizona will once again be the home to breeding jaguars. In the meantime, NJP is securing the northern most jaguar population in northern Mexico by preserving land and working with Mexican ranchers. NJP is doing such important conservation work for this important carnivore that I have named NJP as a beneficiary in my IRA.

Mike I.

Donor

Rating: 5

NJP is a gem that stands out in a world with many good worthy nonprofits. With a very small staff they are doing fund raising, maintaining the land in Sonora, keeping vehicles running, fixing fences and roads, negotiating with neighboring ranchers, working with Sonoran community leaders, and doing the science needed to understand how well the approach is working. I was lucky to be able to go and visit the Reserve from Oct 9 to Oct 15 of this year and am just amazed at the beauty of the place that they are protecting, a land with a variety of other animals besides the jaguars, with running streams, lava flows and a diverse mixture of plants and biomes and geology. NJP has a great approach, they are squeezing the maximum benefit out of every donor dollar and have proven that they do conservation right. They have plans to expand the reserve, increase the collaboration and community buy-in's and to keep the Reserve going into perpetuity and are very deserving of your support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Protecting an endangered animal such as the Jaguar requires that an organization do several things, including protecting individuals and habitat, working with landowners and local people in the area, and to do science to understand how the animal and its ecosystem are actually performing. NJP is doing all of this, and doing an excellent job of it ! I was introduced to NJP while attending a presentation by the late Peter Warshall back in 2004 and was impressed by what the Project was setting out to accomplish, and I have been a donor and supporter ever since. It's a great organization, operating with minimal overhead and is getting results and deserves your support.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a nature lover and a lover of beauty, I am grateful to have cross paths with NJP as their work conserves the beauty of nature. Their service to mother earth and all its inhabitants, including Jaguars, is truly remarkable. I have had the pleasure of attending two educational talks from NJP at the Seattle Zoo and at REI in Tucson which I have learned more than I ever thought I could know about Jaguars, sustainable ecosystems, community partnership, global accountability, and most importantly Passion. I have never been on the reserve but the documented beauty of the landscape, the thriving ecosystem, and the exemplary Love demonstrated by the staff of NJP for their work are without a doubt inspiring. I am amazed of what NJP is doing and I am proud to support their efforts to conserve the true beauty of Nature, that is within all of us, which we call our home. J. Zapanta - Colorado

Donor

Rating: 5

As a long time conservation donor, I’ve become increasingly selective in directing my contributions to small, lean, and energetic organizations with deep experience in targeted projects. The Northern Jaguar Project is just such an organization. Focusing on jaguars as an ‘umbrella species’, the group both buys ranch lands and develops alliances with practicing ranchers, in order to protect jaguars and cohabiting species in a huge, remote, and remarkably pristine landscape in east-central Sonora, Mexico. Their Viviendo con Felinos program (a possible model for wolf reintroductions?) pays ranchers for jaguar images captured on trail cameras, and thus encourages protection, rather than elimination, of these top predators. Local cowboys (vaqueros) with extensive knowledge of the habitat, and locally trained biologists, are trained to service trail cameras and recognize cat sign on the organization’s private lands, and the cowboys also maintain ranch infrastructure. Leadership of the group has extensive experience in ranching, conservation, and the targeted geographic area. Successful breeding of jaguars is well documented, and the large area of extremely isolated and suitable jaguar habitat makes this a potential source area for cats (ocelot as well as jaguar) that might eventually contribute to breeding populations in the U.S. On a recent trip to the NJP Reserve (August, 2016), I verified first hand that my donations are put to good use and not wasted on unnecessary overhead.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Northern Jaguar Project is a wonderful organization that my company has had the pleasure of collaborating with and supporting when possible. They are extremely passionate about their mission and we truly admire their accomplishments in both public education and tangible conservation gains on the ground. I fully support their efforts and will be eagerly following along as they make progress in preserving habitat and restoring the historic range of a species that is so emblematic of our region’s rich biological diversity.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Northern Jaguar Project is highly professional and passionate nonprofit protecting a large region of native species in northern Mexico and the southwestern United States. Their passion for conservation and education is leading to real positive changes in the region. Truly a great cause and nonprofit.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Conservation effort at its finest. Great group working for a fantastic cause.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It's such an honor to work with this wonderful organization that cares so deeply about preserving not only Jaguars but the breath taking habitat they live in.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended the Northern Jaguar Project (NJP) presentation at the REI store community room on May 4, 2016. For me, it was an astounding evening-while I had heard about the NJP many times, it was my first close-up opportunity to see and hear (in detail) the full extent of the research and experience of their work, accompanied by breathtaking digital images of Jaguars and other mammals in their natural environment. During a time of declining and destroyed habitats, the NJP Reserve is like a breath of fresh air. The organization, as a non-profit, is stellar. Their accomplishments in just a few short years is amazing. The focus of observing and documenting Jaguars (and other mammals) is unique, and the multinational alliance with Conservationist's in Mexico laudable. Their dedication, working with the local ranchers, speaks to the people skills and good will that such a massive project requires. The Reserve is isolated, which supports the type of scientific study needed, and from what I heard, everyone in the NJP contributes in many and needed ways. Such excellent scientific research is desperately needed, and the NJP is fully engaged in doing exemplary work from top to bottom. The talent of all of the staff and volunteers is indeed amazing, and for such a worthy cause. The Jaguar, as an apex predator, has suffered immeasurable harm in the late 19th century, being exterminated from the U.S. by zealous cattle ranchers and related activities. To study the Northernmost breeding population in Sonora, in an isolated ecosystem, is a unusual and profound gift. I can't say enough good things about the NJP, and will endeavor to become an on site volunteer-it will be a privilege and honor for me as a life-long naturalist. The corollary gift is the ability to study not only the Jaguar habitat, but the rest of the flora and fauna as well. The value, in terms of pure science, is without peer. Their superlative work needs to continue and grow, now and for as long as possible. Again, their value is without peer.

Michael D. Van Buskirk, Tucson, Arizona

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a free lance journalist, educator (University of New Mexico, Valencia Campus) and poet.
I have been concerned for environmental issues for decades, but I claim no special expertise in that area.

In February, 2016, I travelled from Albuquerque to the Northern Jaguar Project offices in Tucson, Arizona and in Sahuaripa, Sonora, Mexico, and then, hosted by NJP staffers Turtle and Randy and their expert colleagues and allies, onto the NJP Reserve lands in the mountainous areas of Sonora.
I embarked on this visit at a friend's invitation, myself knowing little about the Project and having only a vague understanding of the role and status of the jaguar population in northern Mexico and southwest USA.
At week's end, I had learned so much that I am still processing my new knowledge about the project, its goals and accomplishments, and the vital place of the jaguars and other animals in the ecology and social reality of this part of North America.
Indeed this visit was a graduate level course on those subjects, somehow crammed into a week's delightful journey over rugged roads and hidden hiking trails into one of the most beautiful landscapes I have ever entered and enjoyed.
I found the NJP staff to be uniquely qualified and effective in their work, both on the ground in Sonora where Project Manager Randy West devotes himself heroically to winning over the good people of Sonora to the effort to protect the big cats and their environment and to actual maintenance of the wild environment where the big cats roam. The NJP made an excellent decision in appointing Randy to this crucial job.
Likewise, I was extremely impressed by my observations of the knowledge and intense dedication of NJP staffers Turtle, Diana and their colleagues both in Mexico and at their organizational headquarters in Tucson. And the beautiful mural which artists and school children have painted on a prominent public wall in Sahuaripa speaks volumes about the acceptance of NJP into the evolving Mexico society where NJP is making an undeniably positive contribution.
I could go on, and I am glad to answer any questions readers here may have, but suffice it to say I endorse and applaud the ongoing work of the Northern Jaguar Project and I intend to help them in any ways that I can as they continue from strength to strength in coming years.