NORTHERN JAGUAR PROJECT
March 29, 2011
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.
Ways to make it better...
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.
Professional with expertise in this field & I assisted with the development of a reserve-based conservation and research strategy, embraced by many organizations, but led by Northern Jaguar Project.