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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

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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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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

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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

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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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April 29, 2010

work to help secure habitat and create and retain corrdors and conectiity in Mexico as well as bi nationaly. Provide medical intervention for the capitive population and provide educational and public awarness campaign support.

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

Pationate and carring Board and staff

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand its network of like minded supporters

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

Its focus on enabeling a free range population of Jaguars

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

knowledgeable and caring

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

expand the reserve and support agressive educational campaign focused on the regional population and bi- national policy makers

Ways to make it better...

focus on development and policy issues that produce outcomes that advantage the recovery effort

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

expanding populations of people ,cities ,roads, the border policy , and climate change

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

Thanks to you for your intrest and support

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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April 29, 2010

I see the work that NJP is doing in Mexico as critical to conservation work north of the border. While NJP's campaign has direct benefits in the ecosystems in which it works, the focus on connectivity and corridors to protected habitats in the U.S. cannot be underestimated. Time and time again, NJP has thought of creative solutions to problems working with private landowners, and they have had significant success protecting land and species by protecting the jaguars of Sonora. I see NJP as a

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

seeing photographs and maps of the land and habitats protected.

Ways to make it better...

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

provide it better funding to hire more staff members to spread the word about all the good work they do.

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

the straightforward and clear goals of species and habitat protection

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

very smart, dedicated, and hard-working.

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

Wow! It could protect a lot of habitat for the jaguar!

Ways to make it better...

I could see more of the photos.

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

lack of involvement in U.S. conservation efforts linking habitats, lack of recognition in U.S. media on jaguars

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

NJP represents the "old school" of conservation which is about getting things done.

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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April 29, 2010

1st saw a tiny squib in the Albuquerque paper, met US & Mexican reps at a presentation held at the zoo. Next met more of the personnel at another meeting in Santa Fe. Was duly impressed by their genuine love of the project and that they were doing it all on faith and a prayer for the animals, not to have a cushy job or line their pockets. Have carefully watched them grow, obtain matching funds and fight the entrenched bureaucracy plus learn how to woo and win over foreign landowners who were absolutely key to completing the extended refuges. Please help them finish setting-up and funding proper management so that jaguars can once again safely traverse their native North American homelands.

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

were amazing as they operate on a barebones budget but work tirelessly with hearts as big as the whole outdoors with very little thanks other than the knowledge of their good deeds.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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