As an eco-political artist, I collaborate with NJP on various creative public projects and I’m continually amazed at the work they do. In May 2017, NJP and I presented “Un-Fragmenting / Des-Fragmendando” a public projection work in Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora. I projected trail camera images of wildlife from the Northern Jaguar Reserve directly onto the US-Mexico border wall to raise awareness of the wall’s threat to native species and borderland ecology. We even spent time with children in both communities, teaching them about jaguars and their environment through science games and art projects! With NJP, I’ve learned to adapt to communities on both sides of the border and how to connect locals to their wildlife systems in mutually beneficial ways. This fall I will travel with NJP to do installations in Sahuaripa before spending a few days on the reserve. The Northern Jaguar Project is a non-profit that benefits humans and wildlife alike and I am honored to call them my friends.
The NJP’s work to protect the northern most breeding population of jaguars is a success story we can all look to for hope and inspiration. Not only are the jaguars thriving but every organism in their web of life from the smallest plants and insects to the other felids are benefiting una lush cascade effect.
We spent two weeks working on the reserve as volunteers to enhance their facilities for their staff and visitors. It is rugged and remote country. The terrain is do deeply corrugated and dense with thorny scrub that the cats have no trouble eluding detection yet NJPs band of biologists and vaqueros bring proof month after month the cats are living the good life.
I am amazed by what has been accomplished with so little money. People’s hearts are being changed and the cats have a place to thrive.
We had the privilege of doing a collaborative project with Northern Jaguar Project to raise funds and spread awareness of the amazing work this organization is doing. We visited the Reserve in March 2018 and saw first hand, not only their incredible habitat conservation work, but also the very important education they do with local school children and relationship building with local ranchers. This work is helping to build the larger bi-national community that understands and values these apex predators and contributes to preserving their dwindling breeding grounds.
In our line of work we spend a large amount of time in beautiful, remote, wild spaces. The beauty of the Northern Jaguar Reserve, as well as its intense isolation was unlike anything we'd ever experienced. This place is a sanctuary for the next generation of jaguars, ocelots, pumas and more because of its inaccessible remoteness. It is also a sanctuary for this kind of extreme wildness which sadly exists less and less in our world. We are so grateful to NJP and their tireless work towards a future where big cats and their wilderness homes still thrive.
In the past year I've been fortunate enough to make two trips to the Northern Jaguar Reserve. This is one of the most wild and beautiful places I’ve ever been to. It’s truly inspiring to tour the Reserve, learn about NJP’s work, and see the transformation of the landscape - going from over-grazed ranch lands to lush open spaces rich with biodiversity. NJP has created, not only a safe haven for the jaguar and other unique wildlife of Sonora, but they’ve also provided a remarkable experience for visiting scientists, artists, writers, and volunteers alike. It’s an absolute privilege to be able visit the Reserve.
Although the wild lands and animals are a fantastic draw to the Reserve, I’ve been especially impressed with NJP’s work with the surrounding community in Sahuaripa. Projects like these need the support of the local communities in order to be successful. NJP’s hard work and dedication to build these relationships is obvious and it's surely paying off. Always nice to see that time, money, and effort donated to NJP goes directly back to the local community and NJP’s mission of protecting the jaguar and its wild lands.
I have now visited the reserve twice, most recently in March this year. The transformation of the habitat as you approach the reserve boundaries, from cow-blasted, desiccated scrub-thorn, to healthy thickets with flowering plants, tons of birds, bugs, and a variety of micro-ecosystems, tells the story. NJP has done more with less than 10 other organizations combined and the evidence on the ground is all the proof you need of that dedication - oh yeah, and the photographs from the motion cameras!!
It is a thrill hard to describe to be in country where bobcats, pumas, ocelots and jaguar are thriving. To know that the same jaguars have showed up year after year, and mated, and had offspring. You can feel good knowing that this is a mission that is designed to carry on far into the future, ensuring there is a secure place for these felines.
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
We just spent 4 weeks at the northern jaguar reserve with this project. Let’s just say they are doing a fantastic job and the place is truly stunning! All their hard work and determination is paying off. From the office to the field every team member was helpful and welcoming. We look forward to many more visits , collaborations, and what the future may hold for the NJP!
I retired 5 years ago from a high-stress IT job. Since that time I have committed to doing volunteer work for organizations that protect the environment and educate humans on their impact and why every species matters - to them and Mother Earth.
I have donated my time to many organizations so that I could "try on" their mission and test against my own values and their real commitment vs. just talk and PR.
Only a few have held my time and energy by being committed to the conservation mission and doing it in a way that uses as few resources as possible for the greatest impact.
The Northern Jaguar Project (NJP) is at the top of that list. They work hard, and they have real, tangible results.
Choose wisely, do your homework, test the mission against your values and you will undoubtedly find that NJP is worth your time and money.
I am so committed to their work and their organization that I just recently applied for a position with them - something I vowed to never do again (have a paying job) after retirement.
It's amazing - they are amazing - help them continue to be amazing and protect this planet.
NJP is an extremely effective, “high leverage” operation. Anyone’s conservation money could not be better spent.
NJP works all aspects of conservation: surrounding community, youth as well as the jaguars themselves. NJP employs local people who know the region intimately. I have visited the Reserve and know this first-hand.
I found the trip to the reserve rewarding in all respects and it left me with a very high regard for the NJP and its personnel (esp. Turtle, Randy). As someone very much concerned with the increasingly rapid rate of species extinction, I applaud any effort to preserve threatened and endangered animals (esp. large mammals). Personally, I cannot fathom how anyone could kill such a rare and beautiful creature as the jaguar and am encouraged by the new sighting in southern Arizona. However, I'm worried that that idiot Trump and his goddamned wall will make it increasingly difficult to establish and sustain a breeding population near the border, but am trying to be optimistic (something that is very difficult for me to do).
I had a chance to return to the reserve teaming up with NJP in Dec 2016/Jan 2017. While my first visit cemented a profound respect and admiration for NJP, on my most recent trip I came out with even richer set of experiences and information stemming from their successful work. Randy, Turtle, and Diana, whom I am most intimately connected with, but also the Sahuaripan hands on ground and logistical teams of support across the united states, continue to work tirelessly to promote, educate, reinforce, and push conservation efforts to new heights on both sides of the border. Community conservation efforts are keys to success that implant progress in future generations and The Northern Jaguar Project is tackling creative fronts in the progress of conservation. It is a pleasure to be connected to such an incredible organization and looking forward to seeing more measures of success in the fight for conservation.
I could not possibly write enough positive words as I look back on my time in the reserve. My gratitude and appreciation for having me photograph the reserve was a remarkably rewarding experience. Not only was the physical nature of the reserve a magical sanctuary for a very special collection of life, but the passionate individuals involved in the project are equally as impactful. It was a privilege to intimately learn the land, the animals, the history, the day to day structure, and future goals of the organization.
Taking in the life and landscapes in the reserve was a breathtaking experience at all hours. The omnipresent green growth enraptured every inch of ground. The juxtaposition of desert and jungle life is a remarkable interaction I have never previously seen. I did not have any expectations and the mountains moved me. It is certainly one of the most if not the most beautifully, inhospitable regions I have ever visited. Life was abound in every corner, from the macro fauna to large mammals and bite sized campsite visitors welcomed or not. Starting ours days with the sky bleeding and ending our hikes in a purple hue with the sound of thunder over the mountains, Mother Nature provided a very diverse set of visuals.
I am extremely thankful for this opportunity. I really appreciated learning the roots of the organization, how they operate on the ground, and the dedication the organization puts forward to be constantly working to move this conservation effort to even greater heights. I look forward to hearing and seeing the successes, partnerships, and future acquisitions that can assist in NJP's conservation goals.
Thank you very much,
The Northern Jaguar Project group has been offering free classes at REI over the past year and has been educating southern Arizona about restoring safe habitats for jaguars and showcasing their incredible reserve in northern Sonora, Mexico.
Just in the past few months alone the NJP has helped to track a number of jaguars as they roam through the mountains scattered around us. Thank you to the NJP for protecting these incredible cats!
We have been working with the Northern Jaguar Project on our new exhibit at the Elmwood Park Zoo, and they are wonderful! They do really excellent work for the conservation of natural habitat of the jaguar in the American southwest, and Mexico. They are easy to work with, and have a kind and dedicated staff.
I was fortunate to visit the Northern Jaguar Reserve last fall on a week long trip. The Reserve is a wonderful success story of converting land that had been denuded from cattle grazing and returning it to its natural state. This encourages the return of the jaguars, other cats, as well as numerous birds, mammals, reptiles, etc. It was awesome traveling in an area that is relatively pristine and wild. One can imagine what it was like before humans changed the landscape. The NJP has an influence far beyond the Reserve, by encouraging ranchers to practice jaguar friendly ranching. The incentive is payment for each cat photographed on remote cameras located on their land. This results in the return of wildlife, such as deer, which means jaguars and pumas don't need to prey on cattle, as their native prey is sufficient. It is a win-win for all. NJP also provides education in the area, creating future citizens that will value wildlife and maintaining an ecological balance. This is all done with a very small and dedicated staff and volunteers. One certainly gets full value for any donation, as there is almost no overhead cost.
How can you beat Excellent ?
Our world is becoming a more crowded place with less room in it for beautiful animals like the Jaguar, and yet NJP has found a way to preserve a key corridor area in Northern Sonora.
I have visited the Reserve ( in Oct of '16 ) and then also attended a series of lectures given at REI as a part of educational outreach that Turtle had setup. The Reserve is stunning and the talks ranged over everything from plants, animals, reptiles, birds and hydrology of the Reserve and how well the Conservation mission is proceeding.
The Staff is dedicated to the protection mission. They have scientific support and local buy-in of ranchers and the adjoining community of Sahuaripa. Having visited the Reserve, I don't see how you could make the overhead any less ... it really is a bare bones, no fat, just muscle organization.
A Donor's dollar goes a long ways with NJP and it's worthy of your support.
NJP is a gem that stands out in a world with many good worthy nonprofits. With a very small staff they are doing fund raising, maintaining the land in Sonora, keeping vehicles running, fixing fences and roads, negotiating with neighboring ranchers, working with Sonoran community leaders, and doing the science needed to understand how well the approach is working. I was lucky to be able to go and visit the Reserve from Oct 9 to Oct 15 of this year and am just amazed at the beauty of the place that they are protecting, a land with a variety of other animals besides the jaguars, with running streams, lava flows and a diverse mixture of plants and biomes and geology. NJP has a great approach, they are squeezing the maximum benefit out of every donor dollar and have proven that they do conservation right. They have plans to expand the reserve, increase the collaboration and community buy-in's and to keep the Reserve going into perpetuity and are very deserving of your support.
Seeing the dedication of everyone working with the Northern Jaguar Project first hand has been a rewarding opportunity. As an intern I shadowed the biologists in the field doing everything from checking camera traps to maintaining rancher relationships. The terrain is rugged and unforgiving, but seeing the hard work pay off is extremely fulfilling. I will always be grateful for my time spent in the field beside such dedicated people who not only love these amazing predators, but the landscape these cats, and other fauna, call home.
I'm so impressed by the motivation of everyone involved with NJP! This organization genuinely cares for the conservation of the Jaguar and understands of an impressively deep level the impact these conservation efforts have on it's surrounding communities and the environment, among many other things! NJP is also quite clearly an innovation hub for co-collaborative efforts to increase community awareness. They're not only putting money and effort into expanding their reserve and conservation efforts, but also into education and partnership. So grateful for the energy and love they put into conservation of the undeniably beautiful jaguar and the reserve!
I volunteered for the Northern Jaguar Project until I moved from Arizona. During that time, I saw the dedication of all the people working for the Northern Jaguar Project. They have succeeded in creating a habitat for jaguars as well as other wildlife and vegetation. They have worked with communities nearby to protect this habitat and have strengthened their ties with the ranchers and communities that border the Reserve. Because of their effort, the reserve and surrounding ranches support the survival of the jaguar as well as the other wildlife and plants that are flourishing.
This is an excellent nonprofit. They are conserving habitat for jaguars and other wildlife. The people who work for this organization are very dedicated and their work has produced great results. One can see photos of the jaguars and other wildlife that thrive at the reserve and protected areas nearby.
As a board member I am extremely proud to know that I am working with such a passionate and determined group of individuals who care deeply about protecting northern jaguars and the breathtaking habitat they live in. It is an honor to be a part of such a special cause.
It's such an honor to work with this wonderful organization that cares so deeply about preserving not only Jaguars but the breath taking habitat they live in.
I was lucky enough to tag along w/ NJP on a Sept. 2016 visit to their remote reserve in Sonora, Mexico. We witnessed the impact of their work first hand through community visits, environmental restoration, and conversations with local conservationist. They are truly cultivating a cultural of environmental awareness and protection for a critically threatened species and ecosystem.
Northern Jaguar Project makes it happen for jaguars. They buy land to protect jaguars. They work to build relationships with communities and ranchers in northern Sonora, Mexico just south of the US border. They pay ranchers when a jaguar is photographed by wildlife cameras out on their land. So smart! Money donated to Northern Jaguar Project actually helps jaguars.
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.