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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

On a recent trip to visit the Northern Jaguar Preserve I had the opportunity to meet with ranchers, farmers and community members to learn how they were connected to this important conservation work. I was struck by the passion, dedication and commitment that each person contributes and hearing their unique stories. This project is important work and the grassroots conservation efforts are to be applauded. There is much work to be done and I would encourage anyone to learn more about this nonprofit and how they can contribute. Marie Long

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The NJP is a wonderful example of big thinking combined with practical expertise. They're creating a network of committed people that spans an international boundary and connects different people from different backgrounds and experience to the goal of biodiversity and especially protecting an apex predator, the jaguar. Plus, their instagram posts are just plain fun.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

NJP is an impressive organization that makes the most of their resources. They are particularly effective working between two countries to positively affect critical species protection. The staff are committed, knowledgeable, humble and determined. The unique approaches they take are working! Congratulations and Keep Up the Good Work!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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I'm a biologist involved with reestablishment of jaguars in the U.S., which will not be possible without colonization from the source population in Sonora that is being protected and nurtured by NJP. Without NJP it's likely that the Sonoran population would disappear or at least diminish to the point where it could not realistically provide colonists for a future U.S. population. Keep up the good work NJP!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I visited NJP's reserve in Sonora, MX in 2013 and was floored by the staff's passion for their mission and commitment to the community they work with. A small, intent, and passionate group, NJP carefully and responsibly uses their time and resources to ensure that jaguars and other big felines can thrive in their habitat. Thanks to NJP, a paradigm shift is happening: admirable ranchers and their families around the reserve are not just tolerating these majestic animals; they are now choosing to defend their survival and value their role in the region's ecological system.

Compared to so many environmental conservation organizations, NJP is transparent and clear about its intent. If you want to support NJP, know that your resources will be well-stewarded to support an important cause. And be sure to visit - it is a very safe area, residents are hospitable and friendly, and the landscape is just breathtaking!

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

Give them more money to replicate their conservation and education work.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with the Northern Jaguar Project on and off for the past year. I have been involved in conservation in Sonora for the past decade. NJP is one of the most effective and professional organizations in the Hemisphere. Their work has done more for conservation in Sonora than anyone else. They are a pleasure to work with, and an inspiration.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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.

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

None really...

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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.

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.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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

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

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

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!

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.

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.

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?

2010-4-01

 
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