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NORTHERN JAGUAR PROJECT
April 29, 2010

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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I helped with biological understanding of reserve and helped find funds for biodiversity projects.