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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EIN 42-1554992
(520) 623-9653x5
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer since 2005, I have had nothing but positive interactions with NJP. They have an incredible vision and niche, doing more to conserve the northern jaguar than most other efforts combined. Their dedication to collaboration with the local communities of northern Sonora, in addition to their assistance in conservation land acquisitions, has engendered an unprecedented level of appreciation and support for jaguar conservation far outside the boundaries of the reserve.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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.

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?

2010-4-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Pationate and carring Board and staff

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

Expand its network of like minded supporters

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?

2010-4-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

This is the only reserve to protect the females of the northern jaguar population which is somewhere between 800 and 1500. It is bi-nation (with Naturalia) and, to everyone's surprise,has been enthusiastically received. NJP/Naturalia now own and manage over 70 square miles and ten jaguars have been recorded. NJP/Naturalia started a camera-trap program which rewards ranchers for protecting the five felids. If they get a photo, they get a reward. This positive project is far better than paying for dead cattle. The reserve has many many volunteer researchers who keep finding new birds, plants, reptiles, etc at new geographic locations. The sanctuary will be the protected source for jaguars to return to the US and NJP is working on the corridor.

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

Mexico and seen ranchers become sympathetic to predators and found bald eagles near military macaws and seen young mexican biologists become great field workers.

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

add staff (NJP only has one person) and create a long-term restoration of deer and javelina.

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

that, despite US/Mexico differences, there has been been great heart in working things out and great success in protecting the jaguar as an umbrella species as well as a charismatic big cat.

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

all members of Naturalia Board and NJP board, all workers and most of the volunteer naturalists and biologists.

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

preserve a corridor not only for jaguars but for butterflies, birds, bats and others from neotropical Mexico to the US. It could expand teaching of conservation among the Yaqui peoples as well as students on both sides of the border.

Ways to make it better...

the US and Mexico could get along on border issues and it was easier to decide who is the actual property owners around the reserve.

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

as usual financing daily operationsand knowing how to create cooperation with other NGOs, government agencies and private proerty owners.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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