NORTHERN JAGUAR PROJECT
March 23, 2011
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
Ways to make it better...
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
Professional with expertise in this field & I worked with NJP to promote their work in Mexico by publishing several articles for them about jaguar conservation in Sonora in the Magazine "Especies", in which I'm General Editor.