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March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

The NJP is staffed by diligent and hardworking individuals. Always a pleasure to visit the field site and a day does not go by that we have not learned something new. Additionally, they do an amazing job working with the scientific community but their outreach with the local community is groundbreaking.

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I've personally experienced for the last year the results of this organization, through regular email and phone communication. As well as multiple visits to their field sites....which are logistically difficult to get to.

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None really...

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

I have served as the Southwest Representative of Defenders of Wildlife since 1993, and I am affiliated with Northern Jaguar Project (NJP) because it plays a critically important role of immediately protecting the northernmost remaining population of jaguars in the world and dozens of other rare and important species. This is a key component of a broader recovery strategy developed and implemented by several other cooperating organizations. NJP also supports high-importance field research which is being used to guide landscape-scale conservation programs, and is working cooperatively with landowners/ranchers, agencies and other conservation organizations to ensure their great work expands to provide benefits throughout the U.S./Mexico border region. The group is directed by an all-volunteer board, with program implementation overseen by a small, but deeply dedicated staff. It truly is a lean and mean organization which is providing renewed hope for recovery of the American jaguar and all it represents.

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I've experienced NJP as a board member and as vice president, as well as a leader of another U.S.-based non-profit . I helped initiate NJP's current "Jaguar Guardian" program, and the Foto Felinos camera project, which rewards area landowners for photos of jaguars and other cats as an incentive to conserve them. Through these projects I work consistently with NJP staff and partners, and can testify to their creativity, effectiveness and dedication.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help prepare for the long-term. This group is highly successful with a bright future, and planning now will help ensure that NJP's successes expand to become even more important to wildlife conservation.

March 28, 2011

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March 28, 2011

As a board member I feel very fortunate to be associated with the other individuals that comprise the board of Northern Jaguar Project. They are dynamic and dedicated, recognized experts in their fields, and give to the project a lot of experience and knowledge, as well as a lot of hard work.
I personally worked early-on in identifying and purchasing the lands of the Northern Jaguar Reserve, which, along with local community based outreach and education, have been Northern Jaguar Project's greatest achievements. Together these projects should give permanent protection to the northernmost jaguar populations and all species under their umbrella. It has not been an easy task, and there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done, but 11 years after my first visit to the area, it is still sometimes hard to believe that we have a viable reserve in place and that the adjoining cattle ranching community is accepting our efforts and our assistance.
One of the keys to success has been our partnering with Naturalia A.C., a Mexican non-profit, to hold title to the reserve and help administer programs. With Naturalia's help we are better able to use Mexican professionals, students, and local labor, and thus the project is not seen so much as a foreign intrusion.

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

establishing and monitoring research, establishing the Northern Jaguar Reserve and working with NJP's partner, Naturalia A.C. to administer the reserve and nearby community projects.

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

work with other board members to insure that our organizational structure evolves to meet new challenges and work load.

March 23, 2011

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March 23, 2011

I got in contact with the Northern Jaguar Project when their board members approached the conservation organization I work for (Naturalia), looking for a partner to implement an ambitious conservation strategy for the northernmost population of the endangered jaguar in the Mexican State of Sonora. It was year 2003 and we had never worked together before, but they looked very genuine and committed to this goal. They told us that if we were able to raise the first amount of funds to purchase the first piece of land to create the Northern Jaguar Reserve, they would be able to fundraise to purchase additional land to increase the size of the reserve. We launched that strategy together and were able to purchase the first 10,000 acres for the reserve then NJP moved very fast to raise the additional funds to help us acquire another 35,000 acres. Our relationship has been very honest and straightforward and thus we have established a very functional partnership both to manage the reserve and to implement additional projects to effectively protect the jaguar population in this region. With just a few years old, NJP has become one of the most respected conservation organizations in Southern US and Northern Mexico. I have been able to work with both the staff and board of this young organization and am able to say that all of them are honest people entirely devoted to nature conservation and specially to secure a future for jaguars.

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I saw the effective strategy they implemented to create and protect the Northern Jaguar Reserve by securing land for jaguars in Sonora. They created this new safe refuge for these animals and all the local biodiversity

Ways to make it better...

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

increase the size of its staff to make them capable of additional work and to increase their range of operation

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.

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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

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