Northern Jaguar Project

Rating: 4.97 stars   68 reviews

Issues: Animals, Environment

Location: 2114 W Grant Rd Ste 121 Tucson AZ 85745 USA

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
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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I found the Northern Jaguar Project's website several years ago and have especially enjoyed reading their updates from the field. I have checked back often to see new trail-camera images of the reserve's wildlife and to learn more about the Project’s local outreach programs. Recently, I was given permission to film the "Northern Jaguars" Speaker Series in which NJP presented a very informative program on current jaguar issues. NJP has made images available and given other invaluable assistance for an upcoming documentary on the northern-most jaguars. Without their help and unique imagery, this documentary would not be possible. The willingness of the Northern Jaguar Project to work across the border and with many groups speaks to their dedication.
Chris Barnes
Filmmaker

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Consider this---The only Jaguars left in North America are in Mexico! They are trapped there no one to help them to survive except Northern Jaguar project and a a few others who care including some wonderful ranchers and their families. They are not going to swim the Panama Canal. They cannot improve their gene pool--have mercy and help these people!
A friend
Gary Thoms

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered for the NJP in the past and have seen the dedication of all the people involved in protecting the jaguar and its habitat. Reading the blogs from life on the reserve made me realize that because of the efforts of the NJP, many of the ranchers close to the reserve have developed an interest in preserving the ecosystem and assisting in the collection of photos of jaguars and other wildlife. The NJP gives us hope that one can respect and nurture nature instead of destroying it.

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

I think it is doing a wonderful job and does not need to be changed in any way.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Each year I volunteer with the Northern Jaguar Project has been more rewarding than the last. I see that donations are used to save jaguars, their habitat and the other wildlife nearby. This organization is involved in building a supportive community around the jaguar reserve. The population of wildlife on the reserve and the nearby ranches has grown and continues to thrive. There is a strong and consistent dedication to preserving this incredible animal which has spread to everyone involved and to many supporters all around the United States and Mexico. It is a joy to see the results of their hard work and enthusiasm.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My volunteering experienc with Northern Jaguar Project has been extremely positive. The people I have worked with are dedicated to keeping jaguars alive and healthy. They have been wrking with ranchers and people living close to jaguar habitats and it is exciting to see the photos and learn about the wonderful work being done by this group.

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

meetings where I have seen film and photos of the work being done.

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

like to see more get-togethers to discuss future plans

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Very unique, wholly necessary, and inspiringly successful organization. What truly makes the success of NJP come to life is the people who are involved. I heard about what the organization did and was very impressed, but there is no comparison to visiting the reserve, which I had the opportunity to do last fall. I came down for a week to volunteer and help build the central "people area", (leaving most the rest left to the animals and very few human visitors). I was not only able to help build infrastructure, but I learned so much in the process! Being there made me happy, knowing I was surrounded by so much wildness that was honestly, legitimately being reserved or resurrected back to a space where wildlife will be safe and can thrive. Every staff of NJP was real, down to earth and honestly passionate about their work. The reserve is breathtaking and what it represents is even more so!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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