Northern Jaguar Project

Rating: 4.97 stars   76 reviews

Address:

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so proud that Northern Jaguar Project (NJP) is based in Tucson. I hope someday that southern Arizona will once again be the home to breeding jaguars. In the meantime, NJP is securing the northern most jaguar population in northern Mexico by preserving land and working with Mexican ranchers. NJP is doing such important conservation work for this important carnivore that I have named NJP as a beneficiary in my IRA.

 
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The review posted today April 11, 2016 of NJP was written by myself, Bill Nevins. I may be contacted at bill_nevins@yahoo.com

 
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I am a free lance journalist, educator (University of New Mexico, Valencia Campus) and poet.
I have been concerned for environmental issues for decades, but I claim no special expertise in that area.

In February, 2016, I travelled from Albuquerque to the Northern Jaguar Project offices in Tucson, Arizona and in Sahuaripa, Sonora, Mexico, and then, hosted by NJP staffers Turtle and Randy and their expert colleagues and allies, onto the NJP Reserve lands in the mountainous areas of Sonora.
I embarked on this visit at a friend's invitation, myself knowing little about the Project and having only a vague understanding of the role and status of the jaguar population in northern Mexico and southwest USA.
At week's end, I had learned so much that I am still processing my new knowledge about the project, its goals and accomplishments, and the vital place of the jaguars and other animals in the ecology and social reality of this part of North America.
Indeed this visit was a graduate level course on those subjects, somehow crammed into a week's delightful journey over rugged roads and hidden hiking trails into one of the most beautiful landscapes I have ever entered and enjoyed.
I found the NJP staff to be uniquely qualified and effective in their work, both on the ground in Sonora where Project Manager Randy West devotes himself heroically to winning over the good people of Sonora to the effort to protect the big cats and their environment and to actual maintenance of the wild environment where the big cats roam. The NJP made an excellent decision in appointing Randy to this crucial job.
Likewise, I was extremely impressed by my observations of the knowledge and intense dedication of NJP staffers Turtle, Diana and their colleagues both in Mexico and at their organizational headquarters in Tucson. And the beautiful mural which artists and school children have painted on a prominent public wall in Sahuaripa speaks volumes about the acceptance of NJP into the evolving Mexico society where NJP is making an undeniably positive contribution.
I could go on, and I am glad to answer any questions readers here may have, but suffice it to say I endorse and applaud the ongoing work of the Northern Jaguar Project and I intend to help them in any ways that I can as they continue from strength to strength in coming years.

 
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I was privileged to visit NJP's Jaguar Preserve recently with several other donors and two staff members. The rugged, remote beauty of the area is at once peaceful and adrenaline-pumping, as is the possibility of encountering one of the big cats (and other exotic wildlife) at any turn in the trail. (No live encounters on this trip, but we did see evidence of their presence in several places.) I was perhaps most impressed by how the organization has developed their program in cooperation with and support of local ranchers and other residents. One of the staffers who led us, Randy, actually lives near the preserve most of the time. The other staffer, Turtle, works primarily out of Tucson, where NJP is based, as is Executive Director Diana Hadley. These folks work extremely hard to move closer to their goal of protecting the Northern Jaguar, a magnificent creature. I encourage anyone with even the slightest interest to see how you can get involved. Steve Dibble, Tucson

 
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NJP staff are are creating a sustainable, long-term home for jaguars in partnership with Mexican organizations and with local communities and individual ranchers. Dedicated staff are getting a tremendous amount done with a relatively small amount of funding.
I personally visited the Preserve in late February 2016, was highly impressed with the staff as well as profoundly impacted by the place, and would be happy to talk with anyone who might be interested in contributing to creating and sustaining this jaguar home. Please contact me through NJP. Jeannie Allen

 
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We first became aware f NJP about ten years ago and have followed their good work every since. They have done more with less than almost any non-profit I can think of and have become enormously effective advocates for jaguars. Besides directly providing sanctuary on the Northern Jaguar Reserve in Sonora, Mexico, they have enrolled and educated adjoining ranchers to live with jaguars, bobcats, pumas and ocelots through their Viviendo con Felines program. End result: everybody wins

 
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I am a professional biologist with strong interests in protecting ecosystems using approaches that work with people in the environment. For about the last 5-7 years, I have been keenly impressed by the work of the Northern Jaguar Project and have donated to them regularly. They have acquired a substantial region for habitat, have surveyed and are cognizant of many creatures within the property to try to promote besides the keystone jaguar species. As I can attest from various exchanges with their staff, they are informed by current studies and experiences in wildlife conservation and enhancing compatibility with human populations in the areas of environmental justice and sustainability. Importantly, the group is actively working with the landowners and residents around the preserve over a number of years to understand, educate and work with on behalf of the unique habitats of the region. This latter part is hugely crucial and Northern Jaguar Project has been a leader in working collaboratively with the residents. Lastly, NJP has their heart deeply in their work on behalf of wildlife and people. One way this is show is that they operate on a very modest administrative budget for their salaries and staff.

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Thankfully, the jaguar in the US where it had been decimated is receiving some new habitat and species protections through US Fish and Wildlife. I urge the group to work with others to apply their expertise to advance the jaguar and its ecosystems to help restore to a healthy ecosystem population in the US.

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I have been donating to the Northern Jaguar Project for several years, and I believe it to be a very worthwhile organization. I found out about NJP when I met Peter Warshall in Tucson. He told me about NJP's program that pays ranchers for photographs of jaguars, discouraging them from poaching. I later looked up NJP from their website learned that they had a wish list of needed items. This was something concrete that I could help with and I decided to organize a donation of supplies through my school. I believe in the Northern Jaguar Project's cause, and try to contribute whenever I can. I think that protecting jaguars is incredibly important as they are the one of the keystone species in the area, and by protecting jaguars' habitat, NJP is also protecting the habitat of countless other species. NJP's website gives lots of good information to someone wanting to learn more, but living far from Arizona, and the occasional newsletters and email updates really keep me in formed about what the staff and researchers are doing. NJP protects jaguar habitat and works with the nearby community in really innovative ways in order to save the jaguar, and I think it is a really great organization.

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Protecting an endangered animal such as the Jaguar requires that an organization do several things, including protecting individuals and habitat, working with landowners and local people in the area, and to do science to understand how the animal and its ecosystem are actually performing. NJP is doing all of this, and doing an excellent job of it ! I was introduced to NJP while attending a presentation by the late Peter Warshall back in 2004 and was impressed by what the Project was setting out to accomplish, and I have been a donor and supporter ever since. It's a great organization, operating with minimal overhead and is getting results and deserves your support.

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The Northern Jaguar Project is doing some of the most important conservation work in our hemisphere. By preserving habitat for these fascinating and beautiful cats, the NJP also preserves a portion of the uniquely diverse Sinaloan Thornscrub ecosytem. They are doing what I wanted to do after first visiting this region nearly 30 years ago. And they are doing it better...working to ensure local support, doing restoration projects, making inventories of this ecological crossover between the neotropics and temperate regions, etc. Follow your favorite jaguar by trail camera on their website, or check your knowledge of northern Mexico's wonderfully varied plant and animal communities against their species checklist. These folks work on a shoestring where land can be purchased for less than $50/acre. As a friend once said to me, "If it doesn't hurt a little bit, you probably haven't given enough". So give until it hurts, then be sure and put them in your will.

Mike Van Note (thornscrub aficionado)

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