As a recent college graduate, I volunteered with the Northern Jaguar Project. They were amazing--giving me opportunities to work with carnivores and recovery programs that are so difficult to break into as a wildlife biologist. They were always well organized and courteous in our communications. They were extremely flexible around my schedule and really valued the service I provided for them. I would recommend them to someone trying to enter my field and study carnivores.
As has been mentioned previously, they are very mission driven and know their focus. When you donate to NJP you know what you are getting: efforts to monitor and restore the most northern population of jaguars in the world
The Northern Jaguar Project is a small organization making a grand impact. They truly understand the importance of coexistence-between jaguars and surrounding communities, and across a border imposed. They have put passion and education at the center of their mission, helping communities, youth, and ranchers fall in love with the jaguar and inspire the necessary action to protect these stunning big cats. I look to the Northern Jaguar Project as an exemplary organization that’s building the relationships and trust necessary to protect wildlife and habitat in the borderlands.
In the past I have found that a lot of conservation NGOs get ahead of themselves and focus on too many issues. In the process, they forget about their "why", or their purpose. The Northern Jaguar Project is not one of these organizations, and despite being established decades ago, they have retained a strong dedication towards their original goal of protecting the northernmost breeding population of jaguars, and that is obvious if you have the privilege to spend any time with them.
I have been working as an intern with the NJP for the last few months as part of my graduate research in conservation, and it has provided me an incredibly unique experience. While completing the fieldwork portion of my project, I worked primarily out of their office located in Sahuaripa, Sonora. Sahuaripa was a town like nothing I have previously experienced, having travelled extensively. It's small cowboy town aesthetic seems to almost be something out of an old western movie and the people are both kind and genuine. A big part of my research included working with local ranchers, and every single individual I met enthusiastically agreed to help, as well as connect with me on a personal level.
I also had the chance to join the local staff on fieldwork in the Northern Jaguar Reserve, which was an awesome experience. We would camp in the field for a week or more at a time, both in the reserve and throughout the surrounding ranches. The area is filled with amazing ecosystems in wildlife that few other people, let alone visitors, have gotten to see. Much of the work we did consisted of hiking to incredibly remote and beautiful locations to check camera traps in an ongoing big cat identification project.
Beyond the experience, I want to also put a few words in about the amazing staff. They were consistently dedicated to helping me complete my project despite being busy with the NJP’s many other initiatives. They also ensured that I was comfortable while in Mexico (I am from the United States) and exposed me to many awesome experiences both at work and during our free time in town. Not only this, but they also provided very comfortable lodging, as well as all of my grocery needs.
All of this in mind, I am happy to give the NJP a 5 Star rating and want to personally recommend working with the group if you have the opportunity!
The Northern Jaguar Project is leading the way and making a difference by focusing on fostering positive relationships between landowners, ranchers, and jaguars. Outreach and education are critical components for helping children develop an appreciation for their natural environment and wildlife neighbors. Educational programs are in place for all ages, from elementary schoolchildren to University students.
This innovative program should be replicated in as many regions as possible.
Keep up the amazing work, NJP!
The shadows cast through a pitaya skeleton in the sunshine. The sound of leafcutter ants as they march through the brush. The smell of care and cariño being cooked in the camp kitchen. When we visited the Northern Jaguar Reserve, the moments of grandeur were unforgettable, yet these subtleties and intricacies sprinkled throughout the landscape were the most profound. They became grounding memories that bring me comfort and remind me that the land connects us to what is wild.
The staff is brilliant, passionate and in-tune with the land and communities they work with. There are few conservation groups with initiatives as dynamic as NJP's Viviendo con los Felinos program. The grassroots ground up initiative truly serves as an aspirational peer model for those groups hoping to create cooperative conservation engagement strategies.
The Northern Jaguar Project is fantastic! They do a wonderful job being a part of their community - in two countries, and bridging them. Everyone at the Project is a joy to meet at one of the many community events they support. The team does a great job in the field and with education and outreach. Their mission is very important to the ecology and and local communities & they carry it out so well. Please support them and the endangered jaguars!
I'm so grateful for the powerful role NJP plays in jaguar advocacy and education, spanning communities and countries. The work they're doing is critical, and they've been engaging, informative and wonderful to work with. Looking very much forward to visiting the reserve someday.
We need more non-profit organizations like the Northern Jaguar Project. They buy and preserve land to provide a safe environment for jaguars and other wildlife. This is a much needed service and worthy by itself. But, what sets NJP apart from other NGOs is their emphasis on community involvement. They have involved local ranchers in providing the proper environment for jaguars and providing an incentive to maintain the jaguar population rather than exterminating it. Without support from the local ranchers any attempt to preserve the environment is likely to fail. In addition, the project provides educational opportunities to children in the area. If these children learn to appreciate and protect the jaguars and their habitat, the goal of the organization will continue regardless of the ability to purchase more land. NJP has combined the best of all resources to provide a supportive environment for jaguars and all other species that live in that habitat, including the local communities.
Top notch organization that works tirelessly to protect the species. Through innovative programs and international partnerships they are working to build a safe future for these animals. The team is fantastic and the work they do is impactful.
The Northern Jaguar Project is an incredible nonprofit that works to protect and expand the range of the jaguar in Mexico. The amazing part about their work is that it also benefits many other species, as well as the farmers and community members in the areas where they operate. By working with, involving, and hiring local community members, they are creating new economic opportunities to make the jaguar and land conservation an asset. This means long-term impact! My interactions with Turtle and other board members have been very positive and informative, and it's clear that the staff and board are passionate about the continued existence of jaguars and the lands and communities where they are found.
I work for a conservation organization in the same region as NJP. My interactions with them have always been both educational and enjoyable. NJP has found that sweet spot that many conservation organizations never find. They are protecting land, educating youth, and partnering with local ranchers in a respectful and mutually beneficial way. No easy task and one they have managed to do well! Jaguars and people benefit from their work not to mention the thousands of other species who find shelter and safety within the 86 square mile NJP reserve in Mexico. I frequently reference them in my own role as a wildlife educator as an example of how conservation can work for everyone. I can not recommend supporting this organization enough and look forward to my future interactions with them.
I got to know about this NGO through a virtual volunteer site. As the event was virtual and considering the timegap, there was no issues with co-ordiantion. The team shared all the relevant information needed for the activity.
During our interactions., I got to know about the cause this team is working for and I am glad that as a volunteer,i could contribute to their efforts. With the efforts taken by this team to ensure the Wildfile is tracked and protected, I am sure the team will achieve immense success in their noble cause and in turn help in maintaining the BIO-Diversity which is the need of the hour.
Hats off to the Entire Team !!!
The Summit Hut has had many collaborations with Northern Jaguar Project, we have hosted them in our stores to present on the amazing work that they have been doing, as well as have them table at a variety of our events. They are so passionate about what they do everyone who is introduced to the organization really becomes inspired with the amazing work the NJP is accomplishing in our own backyard. We look forward to continuing to work with and support NJP.
The Northern Jaguar Project really achieves their mission- to protect the northernmost population of Jaguars in Mexico and into Arizona. This charity is very transparent, and very grounded. A small and efficient staff, partnering with their Mexican counterparts, with the simple goal of expanding critical habitat so that jaguars can peacefully expand their population in a protected preserve. They do this in full cooperation with their Mexican ranching neighbors, and provide surrounding villages with education and support about the value of wildlife ecology. Kudos to NJP
The Northern Jaguar Project represents community-driven conservation at its best and is an exemplary environmental non-profit. I am an anthropologist and filmmaker who has made several trips to the NJP reserve and surrounding communities in the Sonoran Sierra Madre over the last three years, spending extended periods of time with the organization's dedicated field staff. The reserve itself is a startling example of what wildlife conservation might look like if it were driven by multiple commitments, not only to threatened species and ecosystems but to the human communities upon which the survival and stewardship of the former unequivocally depend. I have been lucky enough to have accompanied NJP’s team on multiple weeks-long trips into the reserve and neighboring ranches participating in the pathbreaking “Viviendo Con Felinos” program and can attest to the passion and work ethic of the staff, who brave the harshest conditions in order to check the more-than 150 trail cameras used to monitor and track the area’s jaguars, ocelots, and pumas. I have also witnessed the actually profound difference—clearer and clearer with every visit—that the work of the NJP has made in the area. Enacting cultural change over the natural world is a difficult and often fraught process; as an anthropologist who has spent close to a decade studying land use and natural resource management, I can attest to this. The ethic of care that the NJP has brought to its work in Sonora, human and wild, represents a shining example of the conservation that we need so desperately, this century.
My name is Treven Hooker. I've lived in Tucson AZ my entire life, and feel strongly about the business/organizations/agencies that operate in my city. I do not write reviews often, and I am skeptical of most reviews I read, but I felt it necessary to share my thoughts and experiences about the NJP. I hope this review is helpful.
NJP first engaged me when I was 18. A troubled high school student, NJP invited me to be an intern with them. This invitation and the relationship that would grow from it changed my life forever. But beyond my feelings about the organization, my experience is a testimony to the authenticity of this organization and their work with the communities they're apart of. NJP established a love of conservation, community support, and EE that I had not previously had. They helped me develop confidence and professionalism that propelled me into my career. Furthermore, they continue to invite me to help, which now as a professional EE of the Sonoran Desert, involves helping Mexican youth engage with their wild and wonderful places.
It has been 8 years since my first encounter with NJP, and through that time they have shown me they are who they say they are and they do what they say they'll do. We are incredibly fortunate to have this organization in Tucson and the communities that are within and around the Jaguar Reserve.
All of this did not mention the work they do with the Jaguars! That information is all available and easy to read and understand. They are succeeding in saving an endangered species in North America, and an extinct species in the USA. This info is available. What is not as easy to come by is their support of people and places they work with. From the animals, to the vaqueros, to the ranchers, to the children in the schools of the towns, to the businesses, and to the supporters; NJP makes sure they take care of everyone and every place. The best part is, they operate by listening to the community, rather than imposing their beliefs about conservation on the community. They hold the standard for community support, and each NFP should look to NJP for leadership and guidance.
They are the real deal.
During my senior year of high school, I had the option of interning with NJP. Although another internship became my choice, the ethics and mission of NJP stood tall in my mind for years. Recently I contacted NJP, hoping I can volunteer and be a part of their amazing mission to preserve the North American Jaguar population, and the eco systems inhabited by them. The work done by them is nothing short a bad ass, from working with Mexican locals who reside near or around the preserve to be a part of the solution, to awareness programs all over southern AZ, to installing cameras and tracking migrating Jaguars, and more. The work is immense and done by few, who seem to work endlessly for an amazing purpose. The opinions I have and the time i spend volunteering, exist only because I have seen the positive work, the sacrifices and energy spent to do the work, and the selflessness of those who do it. I believe in the cause, but i believe in NJP because of those who run it.
I have supported the Northern Jaguar Project's work for several years, and had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer with them last fall, and I cannot speak highly enough about the organization. The NJP staff are hard working and so passionate, and this comes across clearly in the work they do. I visited Sahuaripa with NJP staff for the Viviendo con Felinos celebration, and it was incredible to see how NJP's work collaborating with ranchers, educators and others has resulted in a community that is excited to protect jaguars and other wild cats. There are many wonderful wildlife conservation non-profits, but NJP stands out as an organization that is working to protect big cats not only by preserving valuable habitat, but by transforming the way people interact with jaguars and the land through education and community outreach. NJP has already done so much to create a safe haven for jaguars, and at the northernmost part of their range, their work will continue to be important in protecting this wonderful species.
I have been volunteering with Northern Jaguar Project for almost two years now, and it has been such a wonderful experience. I have never met a more dedicated group of people. They are so committed to the cause of protecting Jaguars, and work very hard to do so. It is amazing what they are able to accomplish with such a small core group, and the lengths to which they are willing to go to get the work done. It has been a pleasure and an honor to volunteer with them so far, and I look forward to doing so for a long time to come.
In February I joined a small group in a visit to the Northern Jaguar Project’s reserve in Sonora. It was a privilege to meet the very hard-working biologists and other team members who are out in the field and in the community doing the daily work to acquire the scientific knowledge and the community cooperation to protect this charismatic species and its fellow inhabitants of the reserve. We hiked the trails with the biologists and retrieved memory cards from the wildlife cameras. We saw photos and tracks of Jaguars and other wildlife. I am especially impressed with the cooperation of adjoining ranchers and the work of NJP with young people in the local community of Sahuaripa. Every year we choose one organization for a special donation—this year it was the Northern Jaguar Project.
I've been a donor of the Northern Jaguar Project (NJP) for a couple of years now and have had nothing but good experiences with them. I'm passionate about wildlife conservation and am interested in donating to smaller nonprofits doing unique work. NJP fits that bill.
NJP helps to protect the northernmost jaguar habitat in Mexico, which is the best hope for the cats to ever return to the United States. They do this through land acquisition and paid citizen science projects with ranchers that turn jaguars into an asset rather than a liability. I love seeing the engagement with the local community, and the camera trap images of jaguars that are captured here are fantastic.
The NJP staff is also lovely. They respond promptly to all of my emails and have even found a way for me to volunteer even though I live out of state. I've been helping out with the camera trap identification program from home, which has been very educational and exciting. Throughout the process they have been patient with my busy schedule and are very appreciative of the work.
I often recommend them to friends because it's such an exciting project, and I know my monthly recurring donation is going to a good place.
The Northern Jaguar Project is truly a wonderful non-profit organization full of wholesome people working towards a GREAT cause. Their efforts come from the heart and their dedication to safeguarding the jaguars is impressive. If you find yourself even slightly interested then please take the next steps to support and donate. I highly encourage you to visit the preserve and see, first hand, what the project is about and meet the caring team that dedicates so much of their life to this cause. It will be an experience that will stay with you for a very long time!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
As a nature lover and a lover of beauty, I am grateful to have cross paths with NJP as their work conserves the beauty of nature. Their service to mother earth and all its inhabitants, including Jaguars, is truly remarkable. I have had the pleasure of attending two educational talks from NJP at the Seattle Zoo and at REI in Tucson which I have learned more than I ever thought I could know about Jaguars, sustainable ecosystems, community partnership, global accountability, and most importantly Passion. I have never been on the reserve but the documented beauty of the landscape, the thriving ecosystem, and the exemplary Love demonstrated by the staff of NJP for their work are without a doubt inspiring. I am amazed of what NJP is doing and I am proud to support their efforts to conserve the true beauty of Nature, that is within all of us, which we call our home. J. Zapanta - Colorado
As a long time conservation donor, I’ve become increasingly selective in directing my contributions to small, lean, and energetic organizations with deep experience in targeted projects. The Northern Jaguar Project is just such an organization. Focusing on jaguars as an ‘umbrella species’, the group both buys ranch lands and develops alliances with practicing ranchers, in order to protect jaguars and cohabiting species in a huge, remote, and remarkably pristine landscape in east-central Sonora, Mexico. Their Viviendo con Felinos program (a possible model for wolf reintroductions?) pays ranchers for jaguar images captured on trail cameras, and thus encourages protection, rather than elimination, of these top predators. Local cowboys (vaqueros) with extensive knowledge of the habitat, and locally trained biologists, are trained to service trail cameras and recognize cat sign on the organization’s private lands, and the cowboys also maintain ranch infrastructure. Leadership of the group has extensive experience in ranching, conservation, and the targeted geographic area. Successful breeding of jaguars is well documented, and the large area of extremely isolated and suitable jaguar habitat makes this a potential source area for cats (ocelot as well as jaguar) that might eventually contribute to breeding populations in the U.S. On a recent trip to the NJP Reserve (August, 2016), I verified first hand that my donations are put to good use and not wasted on unnecessary overhead.
Northern Jaguar Project is a wonderful organization that my company has had the pleasure of collaborating with and supporting when possible. They are extremely passionate about their mission and we truly admire their accomplishments in both public education and tangible conservation gains on the ground. I fully support their efforts and will be eagerly following along as they make progress in preserving habitat and restoring the historic range of a species that is so emblematic of our region’s rich biological diversity.
Northern Jaguar Project is highly professional and passionate nonprofit protecting a large region of native species in northern Mexico and the southwestern United States. Their passion for conservation and education is leading to real positive changes in the region. Truly a great cause and nonprofit.
Conservation effort at its finest. Great group working for a fantastic cause.
I attended the Northern Jaguar Project (NJP) presentation at the REI store community room on May 4, 2016. For me, it was an astounding evening-while I had heard about the NJP many times, it was my first close-up opportunity to see and hear (in detail) the full extent of the research and experience of their work, accompanied by breathtaking digital images of Jaguars and other mammals in their natural environment. During a time of declining and destroyed habitats, the NJP Reserve is like a breath of fresh air. The organization, as a non-profit, is stellar. Their accomplishments in just a few short years is amazing. The focus of observing and documenting Jaguars (and other mammals) is unique, and the multinational alliance with Conservationist's in Mexico laudable. Their dedication, working with the local ranchers, speaks to the people skills and good will that such a massive project requires. The Reserve is isolated, which supports the type of scientific study needed, and from what I heard, everyone in the NJP contributes in many and needed ways. Such excellent scientific research is desperately needed, and the NJP is fully engaged in doing exemplary work from top to bottom. The talent of all of the staff and volunteers is indeed amazing, and for such a worthy cause. The Jaguar, as an apex predator, has suffered immeasurable harm in the late 19th century, being exterminated from the U.S. by zealous cattle ranchers and related activities. To study the Northernmost breeding population in Sonora, in an isolated ecosystem, is a unusual and profound gift. I can't say enough good things about the NJP, and will endeavor to become an on site volunteer-it will be a privilege and honor for me as a life-long naturalist. The corollary gift is the ability to study not only the Jaguar habitat, but the rest of the flora and fauna as well. The value, in terms of pure science, is without peer. Their superlative work needs to continue and grow, now and for as long as possible. Again, their value is without peer.
Michael D. Van Buskirk, Tucson, Arizona
I am a free lance journalist, educator (University of New Mexico, Valencia Campus) and poet.
I have been concerned for environmental issues for decades, but I claim no special expertise in that area.
In February, 2016, I travelled from Albuquerque to the Northern Jaguar Project offices in Tucson, Arizona and in Sahuaripa, Sonora, Mexico, and then, hosted by NJP staffers Turtle and Randy and their expert colleagues and allies, onto the NJP Reserve lands in the mountainous areas of Sonora.
I embarked on this visit at a friend's invitation, myself knowing little about the Project and having only a vague understanding of the role and status of the jaguar population in northern Mexico and southwest USA.
At week's end, I had learned so much that I am still processing my new knowledge about the project, its goals and accomplishments, and the vital place of the jaguars and other animals in the ecology and social reality of this part of North America.
Indeed this visit was a graduate level course on those subjects, somehow crammed into a week's delightful journey over rugged roads and hidden hiking trails into one of the most beautiful landscapes I have ever entered and enjoyed.
I found the NJP staff to be uniquely qualified and effective in their work, both on the ground in Sonora where Project Manager Randy West devotes himself heroically to winning over the good people of Sonora to the effort to protect the big cats and their environment and to actual maintenance of the wild environment where the big cats roam. The NJP made an excellent decision in appointing Randy to this crucial job.
Likewise, I was extremely impressed by my observations of the knowledge and intense dedication of NJP staffers Turtle, Diana and their colleagues both in Mexico and at their organizational headquarters in Tucson. And the beautiful mural which artists and school children have painted on a prominent public wall in Sahuaripa speaks volumes about the acceptance of NJP into the evolving Mexico society where NJP is making an undeniably positive contribution.
I could go on, and I am glad to answer any questions readers here may have, but suffice it to say I endorse and applaud the ongoing work of the Northern Jaguar Project and I intend to help them in any ways that I can as they continue from strength to strength in coming years.
I was privileged to visit NJP's Jaguar Preserve recently with several other donors and two staff members. The rugged, remote beauty of the area is at once peaceful and adrenaline-pumping, as is the possibility of encountering one of the big cats (and other exotic wildlife) at any turn in the trail. (No live encounters on this trip, but we did see evidence of their presence in several places.) I was perhaps most impressed by how the organization has developed their program in cooperation with and support of local ranchers and other residents. One of the staffers who led us, Randy, actually lives near the preserve most of the time. The other staffer, Turtle, works primarily out of Tucson, where NJP is based, as is Executive Director Diana Hadley. These folks work extremely hard to move closer to their goal of protecting the Northern Jaguar, a magnificent creature. I encourage anyone with even the slightest interest to see how you can get involved. Steve Dibble, Tucson
NJP staff are are creating a sustainable, long-term home for jaguars in partnership with Mexican organizations and with local communities and individual ranchers. Dedicated staff are getting a tremendous amount done with a relatively small amount of funding.
I personally visited the Preserve in late February 2016, was highly impressed with the staff as well as profoundly impacted by the place, and would be happy to talk with anyone who might be interested in contributing to creating and sustaining this jaguar home. Please contact me through NJP. Jeannie Allen