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 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
The Northern Jaguar Project offered me an amazing opportunity to accompany the Jaguar Guardians as an intern Mid-Summer 2015. This opportunity offered me a chance to leave the country, learn and participate in their methods, and stay in the remote wilderness that is the Northern Jaguar Reserve. It was a fulfilling experience, and I am thankful for the opportunity to stay in this truly wild, semi-tropical, place. The conservation efforts of the NJP can be seen within the Reserve, and also with the relationship that is being formed with rancher in surrounding areas. Long term efforts such as these, in my humble opinion, give hope for preserving crucial wildlife habitat and changing the local ethic regarding the environment.
The preserve was only a few hours from a big city, but traveling to it your slowly transported to a different world. During the rain season all the mountains are covered in greenery and you understand why this is the perfect place as a sanctuary.
Working alongside of the guardians I was able to learn and understand how the animals move and live within the wild. The staff are extremely involved in the up keeping of the preserve, and everyone around has a true and pure kindness towards the environment in which they are protecting.
The ranchers and staff are true hero's, they are changing the world of the Jaguars and helping change our world for the better.
In an era where native habitats for critically endangered species are threatened and seemingly in decline everywhere, there is a 50,000 acre success story in Northern Mexico that gives hope to conservationists and life to the desert.
On a recent visit to the Northern Jaguar Reserve, I was struck by the drastic and visible difference between the land on the reserve and that of its neighbors. After only a few years without cattle grazing, and with some care from skilled and compassionate human hands, the Northern Jaguar Reserve has blossomed into a lush and truly wild landscape that transports visitors and residents (wild native species that is, of course there are no permanent human residents) alike back to a time when humans were not on the top of the food chain. For as the canyons and cliffs, rivers and steams, have returned with abundant desert life of all kinds, it is on this land that the largest population of jaguar (not to mention mountain lion, bobcat, and ocelot) north of the tropics has been able to survive. The vital work that NJP is doing in this area gives me hope that one day this population might again thrive.
The life of the desert and the life of the jaguar are intimately entwined. This is ecology in action and nowhere is it more evident, than on the lush slopes of the Sierra Zetasorra in the Northern Jaguar Reserve.Please support these efforts in whatever way you can.
Northern Jaguar Project is one of the most progressive and effective nonprofits I've had the opportunity to work with over the past 20 years. Although I have been reading about their work for many years, it wasn't until I visited the jaguar reserve in Sonora, Mexico last winter that I was able to better understand what a profound impact this organization has on the land, its animals and people.
NJP helped teach me the true meaning of the word "wild." I have been to wilderness areas on almost every continent, but the mountains, canyons and river on the reserve redefined my understanding of wilderness. If there has ever been an advocate and hero for the jaguar and its environs, it's NJP.
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 found the Northern Jaguar Project's website several years ago and have especially enjoyed reading their updates from the field. I have checked back often to see new trail-camera images of the reserve's wildlife and to learn more about the Project’s local outreach programs. Recently, I was given permission to film the "Northern Jaguars" Speaker Series in which NJP presented a very informative program on current jaguar issues. NJP has made images available and given other invaluable assistance for an upcoming documentary on the northern-most jaguars. Without their help and unique imagery, this documentary would not be possible. The willingness of the Northern Jaguar Project to work across the border and with many groups speaks to their dedication.