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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Preservation & Protection, Wildlife Sanctuaries

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: The 55,000-acre Northern Jaguar Reserve boasts the highest number of northern jaguar sightings over the last decade, including females and cubs. This is likely the source population for jaguars migrating north and returning to the U.S. The reserve provides a core sanctuary that features an unparalleled mix of natural communities and is the centerpiece of our ongoing work to protect, maintain, and improve quality wildlife habitat. NJP further works with ranchers, schools, and local communities to promote effective jaguar conservation.

Geographic areas served: U.S.-Mexico borderlands

Programs: Reserve guardianship and expansion, wildlife monitoring, community outreach, environmental education, habitat restoration

Community Stories

118 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

The Northern Jaguar Project is staffed by an incredible group of employees, volunteers, board members and the founder to preserve habitat for the critically endangered jaguars of Northern Mexico and into Southern Arizona. Their work with the area ranchers and local people to increase appreciation and protection of jaguars and other wildlife is a huge success.

My husband and I were fortunate to spend almost a week at the reserve in the fall of 2018. The trip was well organized and we were able to see just some of the workings of the project. It was a great adventure as well, with an epic flood requiring our group of 8 to overnight in an open air shed on the property of one of the ranchers when we couldn't proceed any farther on the trip in. We're very fortunate to be involved with this group in any way we can support them and look forward to new successes.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to spend a few days with NJP at their jaguar reserve in Mexico, their work is a testament to how a small group of dedicated people can make a huge impact. They are doing invaluable work in protecting the jaguar's northern range and I am thrilled to know there are passionate people like them committed to protecting the natural world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In October 2018, I traveled to the Northern Jaguar Reserve with NJP leaders. While the reserve landscape was sublime in its own right, I want to highlight the human element of this organization. On the way, we stopped in Sahuaripa for the annual Viviendo con Felinos festival. Here, I experienced first hand NJP’s important connection with the local community. This organization values and practices environmental justice in their support of local tradition and economy in tandem with restoring habitat and protecting wildlife. Watching a whole town support jaguars (and other species) was heartening, inspiring. The Northern Jaguar Project epitomizes greatness, in every sense of the word.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been donors to the Northern Jaguar Project since we first learned of it fifteen years ago. We were impressed from day one with the scale of its ambition and the quality of its execution--but much of what we knew about it was second-hand. Then this winter we were privileged to visit the Reserve in northern Mexico. On that visit the remarkable magnitude of both effort and accomplishment became graphically real to us. The Reserve is magnificent, and the thriving wildlife, evident in tracks, glimpses here and there, and in the multitude of new pictures downloaded from the trail cams we visited, was a thrill to see. Another highlight of the visit was seeing, in action, the professionalism, knowledge, and hard work of NJP's skeleton staff. To us, NJP is a compelling example of what a small group of people can accomplish when they combine vision, dedication, intelligence, and skill.

Laiken J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to visit the Northern Jaguar Reserve this winter. We spent our days checking wildlife cameras, exploring the different reaches and geographies of the reserve, admiring wildlife tracks along the riverbank, and sleeping deeply under the brilliant Sonoran stars, leagues away from the developed world. The reserve staff are as smart as they are passionate, well aware of the importance of the work they are doing.

What struck me most is that NJP's work protects so much more than just the jaguar. The reserve holds an incredible diversity of plants and animals unlike anywhere I've ever been. The reserve is a refuge for jaguars, but by protecting suitable jaguar habitat, they provide wild spaces for so may more species to thrive. Wildlife cameras we checked had photos of ocelot, mountain lion, bobcat, and many other species.

NJP is a humble but effective organization doing critical work with limited resources.

Donor

Rating: 5

Northern Jaguar Project is a incredible group of passionate, dedicated people with drive, innovative ideas, and superb execution of mission and vision. Having now been to the reserve in Mexico, I am forever committed as a donor and feel deeply connected to the mission.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

When I think of the Northern Jaguar Project I am reminded of a quote by Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” I have had the pleasure of not only visiting the Northern Jaguar Reserve but also in meeting and working with the staff and board. The passion of this small group of people can be felt in every encounter and conversation. They work tirelessly to ensure that the land that is the home to the northernmost breeding population of jaguars will endure for lifetimes to come.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked in biodiversity conservation is some of the most remote and wild places on Earth with many talented individuals and organizations. I'm delighted to add the Northern Jaguar Project to that list. I recently got to know the NJP and it staff and board and to visit the Northern Jaguar Reserve in Sonora and can say with enthusiasm that the NJP staff and board are inspiringly dedicated and skilled , and that the reserve is among the most wild places I've ever visited and deserves to be a priority for biodiversity conservation . NJP's strategy of purchasing lands for the core reserve and engaging neighboring landowners through "Viviendo con Felinos" to conserve this northern-most population of jaguars and other wildlife (including three other species of cats) around the core is innovative and being wisely and successfully implemented. What an extraordinary team and reserve! It's truly one of those places that you have to see (experience) to believe.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Northern Jaguar Project is an amazing organization dedicated to the preservation of jaguars. I had the opportunity to travel to their retreat in northern Mexico near the town of Sahuaripa in the fall of 2018 and it solidified my impressions of the dedication of the staff and board. The relationships they have cultivated with ranchers and community members in the region is amazing. The way the staff cares for the sanctuary is second to none!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Northern Jaguar Project is far and away my best loved defender of wildlife and the natural world. The brilliant cofounders, Peter Warshall and Diana Hadley, figured out that a strategic investment in a little known part of Mexico could effectively protect critical habitat in the northernmost breeding range of the jaguar. By cooperating with local ranchers and local environmental organizations they have helped create a network of protected habitat, and have begun restoring its health through better grazing management and payments for photos of jaguars (and other cats and wildlife) captured on participating property.
I have traveled to the sanctuary areas near Sahuaripa, Mexico, and seen firsthand how much the group accomplishes in local outreach and onsite monitoring of the jaguar preserve. I met some very hard working individuals in Mexico and in Tucson who are dedicating their lives to this inspiring task.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is among my favorite nonprofits and I’ve had the privilege of seeing their work firsthand and meeting many of the US and Mexican staff. Their passion, creativity and ethics show in everything they do.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great organization doing important work with a very limited budget. Their ethics are in the right place, their relationships with their partners are good and their science is sound. Hats off to them for their vision and diligence. I will continue my financial support of NJP.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got to Sahuaripa at night. Field biologists for the Northern Jaguar Reserve Miguel and his wife Carmina were returning from Hermosillo with their one-year-old Luis. I was standing at the corner across from the church. We’d texted back and forth to coordinate the meeting so I could follow them to their house. When Miguel jumped out of his car and stood in front of me with such a sweet smile on his face, I knew this was going to be a great few days together heading out to the remote reserve at least five hours from town.

The next day Miguel packed up the 4Runner and off we went for the trip into the Reserve. Talk about wild mountains!! And bumpy roads. Yet I’ve never been more relaxed in a car while dangling over thousand-foot cliffs and carefully picking our way over such a remote and hauntingly beautiful land.

When we got to Babisal camp, the vaqueros, Braulio, his son Braulio jr, and Manuel, were standing in front of the fire. Warm greetings all round. The next day we went on a hike to check some camera traps and again we were driving through riverbeds that certainly didn’t look like a car could pass. We spent two magic days exploring the reserve, then drove the torturously long drive back to town. And when I left Miguel, Carmina, and Luis a few days later, I felt I’d made great friends. Not only is the work of the NJP important to the animals, preserving the wild cats in the magic land they live in, but it’s even more important, and impressive, I think for all the good will the project establishes with ranchers and visitors alike. Excellent excellent job!! Keep it up!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to attend a presentation of this project at REI in Tucson. What amazing work they are doing - in a non intrusive manner - in protecting the species. They definitely need everyone's support.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the jaguar reserve to assist with bird surveys. In preparation for the trip I researched NJP and was thoroughly impressed with the mission and its execution. This is a truly stellar non-profit doing important work!

Donor

Rating: 5

Every month as I am online reading the updates of NJP, and making my recurring monthly donations, I know my few dollars go to help preserve the habitat and protect these wondrous creatures. I know that the individuals who work with NJP have their hearts and souls in this project. I send the regular updates on to friends and family members and want to aid them in becoming as excited as I am as each jaguar is seen, and share the excitement about cubs being born. I can't think of better news in the currently negative political climate than to know the good being done by all the NJP volunteers and staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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