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March 21, 2011

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March 21, 2011

Northern Jaguar Project, along with their partners Naturalia and Defenders of Wildlife, have done more for wildlife conservation in northern Mexico than any other NGO that I am aware. By gathering support from 100's of foundations and individual supporters, NJP purchased the first private conservation reserve for jaguars and other wildlife in N. Mexico, and its a large remote area where jaguars have a good chance of persisting over time due to these actions. I have worked in northern Mexico as a wildlife biologist for 12 years and can say without reservation, I know of no other group that has done more for conservation in the region than NJP. Moreover, NJP has made major strides at educating landowners about predator conservation and compensated them for losses of livestock due to predators, as well as provided incentives to not killing predators on private lands

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes. I have traveled to the Jaguar Reserve 8 times and am personally aware of its value for conservation

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Gather more resources for policing the reserve boundaries to discourage poaching

March 20, 2011

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March 20, 2011

We were so impressed by the level of professionalism, dedication and enthusiasm in everyone we worked with at the Northern Jaguar Project. They are an incredibly well-run organization and operate as efficiently as possible to make sure that the most amount of funds possible goes to their great work. It is such a pleasure working with them and we are grateful to have them as a client.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working with them as my client.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

suggest they do more marketing. More people have to hear about the vital work they are doing to protect this amazing animal.

March 15, 2011

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March 15, 2011

Turtle, a representative from NJP came to my 4th/5th grade class to give a presentation on Jaguars in the Sonoran Desert and give my students information about the organization. My students were mesmerized by the photos of jaguars and by the fact that these animals live in our very own desert. Turtle's presentation was well-prepared, full of facts and information geared toward my group of kids and the content we're learning in class. My students had tons of questions which clearly showed their interest in this topic. I know this educational presentation will linger in the thoughts (and hopefully) actions of my students for a long time.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization by allowing my students to see and learn about conservation/ecology work on a larger scale, which is a great addition to the ecology work we do here in my class.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would encourage them to involve more Tucson/Southern Arizona students in spreading awareness and education about jaguars and their habitat.

March 10, 2011

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March 10, 2011

The Northern Jaguar Project fulfills a unique role by focusing on large wild cats of the Southwest US and Northern Mexico. They have established a large reserve in Northern Mexico in cooperation with local ranchers who have been living with jaguars for generations. Their work is critical to ensuring the long term survival of these charismatic apex predator species.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

staying up to date on progress in their reserve.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

send more grants their way

April 30, 2010

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April 30, 2010

The NJP is essential in the effort to save and restore the world's northernmost jaguar population, shared by Mexico and the U.S. In its 8 years, it great achievement has been the creation of a 70 sq mi protected area in Sonora, Mexico, not far from the US border. It works effectively with local ranchers and communities to reign in poaching of the great cats and build support for species recovery. NJP is an outstanding example of a binational conservation partnership!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

educating citizens about the need for jaguar recovery, and on the great value that this magnificent cat has ecologically and to us an human beings who, more than ever, need to re-vitalize our connectivity to the natural world.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue it's great work always keeping in mind the big picture: that recovery of the northern jaguar population will require re-building jaguar presence in both northern Mexico and in the US Southwest.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its determination to save the jaguar under very challenging circumstances.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fabulous and dedicated, one couldn't ask for better.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand efforts to protect jaguar habitat north into the U.S. Launch a campaign to rescue threatened habitat linkages throughout historic jaguar range; leverage funds for purchase of more protected area acreage.

Ways to make it better...

the financial and staff resources were available to expand efforts to build public support for jaguar recovery on both sides of the border.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

to have state and federal wildlife agencies, particularly in the U.S., assume their responsibility to undertake aspects of jaguar recovery beyond the jurisdiction of the NJP and other nonprofit organizations.

One thing I'd also say is that...

jaguar recovery is doable and would be one of the great conservation achievements of this century. Viva el jaguar! Viva el NJP!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 30, 2010

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April 30, 2010

I have been most impressed with the Northern Jaguar Project's work. They are a small, lean organization with a narrow focus but a huge vision. They have always been more than willing to answer my questions, provide information and promote cooperation among jaguar fanatics. Their Denver gathering brought together interested parties from the US and Mexico and the information shared and contacts made have proven invaluable to me. Diana, Turtle and the rest of the NJP staff are first-rate.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my jaguar blog's success. I have used NJP for information, photos and contacts, all of which have helped to make my blog successful.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get them national visibility and a broader donor base.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their openness. Many other groups are rather territorial but NJP has always been willing to help me and jaguars.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful, friendly and dedicated. Diana, Turtle and JC are really nice people!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

buy even more land in Sonora for jaguars, provide more education & services to the local population in Mexico and increase the organization's visibility.

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of anything.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funds, the political baggage that comes with jaguars, the border wall and the continuing tensions between the US and Mexico.

One thing I'd also say is that...

NJP rocks.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 30, 2010

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April 30, 2010

I had an opportunity to attend the presentation at ASU by some of the bikers who rode 350 miles in support of the jaguar. I was amazed at the slide presentation showing these beautiful creatures roaming freely in the Mexican wilderness preserve. I admire the dedication of all of the participants to recover land for the jaguar so that someday my children might see this wonderful animal in the wild.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so dedicated to protecting the jaguar and facing challenges so that one day the jaguar can roam free in the wild.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 29, 2010

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April 29, 2010

I am a docent at Reid Park Zoo (Tucson) and helped get other docents to the NJP presentation. It was standing room only - a very good presentation and lots of interest from all attendees.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Hearing a rancher from Mexico who used to kill jaguars but now protects them.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Very small staff, low overhead, most of money goes DIRECTLY to helping the animals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Passionate and sincere.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy more land to expand the jaguar preserve.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 29, 2010

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April 29, 2010

As a co-founder of the organization I have been intimately involved with its development and evolution since it began. I have been both surprised and very satisfied at the success of the organization to date. During the past 7 years, we have created an efficient cooperative relationship with our Mexican partner, Naturalia, A. C.; have raised the majority of the funding to acquire a 70-square mile wildlife reserve in Sonora, Mexico; have managed the reserve for landscape level restoration with preservation and expansion of all its wildlife populations; and have conducted on-going species inventories of wildlife, plants, birds, and butterflies. Our fund-raising and office expenses are a small proportion of our budget, the vast majority of which goes directly to support restoration and wildlife projects on the reserve. Our co-founder and treasurer, Rick Williams, developed the original concept for the Fotos Felinos project, which rewards neighboring ranchers for remote trip-camera photos of living carnivores. We have received surprisingly strong support from the Sonoran community nearest to the reserve and from the local cattle growers organization. We cooperate with the rural university closest to the reserve. We are a small, focused, practical, and efficient organization, with dedicated board members, each of whom brings a specific skill set to the group. Our one part-time employee is accomplished, efficient, creative, and very dedicated to the organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Recently drove the very rough 4-wheel drive roads in the reserve to observe the landscape-level changes that have occurred under NJP/Naturalia management. The improvements are stunning.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase our funding so that we could expand the area in which we are working in Sonora and increase our outreach in the US.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The opportunity to educate and inform the public in the US and Mexico about importance of preserving endangered species.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, well intentioned, well informed, unpaid or under-paid, and willing to live a life with little economic remuneration in exchange for doing something they think is important and that they love to do.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

(1) Create a chain of safe-harbor wildlife reserves that extends throughout Mexico and the southwestern US that would provide safe-harbors and corridors for the regeneration and free movement of wildlife populations. (2) Conduct more outreach.

Ways to make it better...

Cooperation should be greater among non-profit wildlife organizations and with governmental agencies.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Apathy, lack of information about wildlife populations, absence of ecological education, and governmental agency inefficiency. Specifically, the greatest challenge for wildlife regeneration and movement is the US/Mexico border wall.

One thing I'd also say is that...

NJP would like to create economic opportunities related to wildlife for local residents, so that the base of support is solidified.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 29, 2010

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April 29, 2010

Northern Jaguar Project, in collaboration with Naturalia, other conservation organizations, and local ranches in northeastern Sonora, is the driving force for conservation of the northernmost jaguar population and the fabulous ecosystem upon which it depends. The Northern Jaguar Reserve is one of the wildest places in North America, situated on the western edge of the Sierra Madre Occidental and at a crossroads between the New World tropics and the temperate biological communities of the United States. It is a place of discovery – every time we go we find something unexpected – often tropical species not known to occur so far north. NJP’s work is critical to keeping this place wild into the foreseeable future.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredibly dedicated and passionate about what they are accomplishing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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