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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: NJP and the Mexican conservation organization Naturalia established the 55,000-acre Northern Jaguar Reserve, which boasts the highest number of northern jaguar sightings over the last decade, including females and cubs. This is 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

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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,
Brendon Kahn

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

McNair E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Conservation effort at its finest. Great group working for a fantastic cause.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Turtle Southern just visited the college where I am a librarian and member of the campus environmental committee. Prior to her visit, I had no idea this organization even existed. I had also assumed that jaguars were pretty much extinct north of Central America. Turtle gave a fantastic talk, with slides of the gorgeous terrain where the project is located. She is an excellent spokesperson, understated yet with an obvious love & dedication for the project and jaguars. We plan to have her or one of the their volunteers back on a yearly basis to have a table at our Earth Day gatherings, in order to share with our students the valuable work Northern Jaguar Project is doing and all that they have accomplished. Thank you for the opportunity to share this with you! Mark Floor

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am extremely impressed with the conservation work of NJP. The staff are dedicated and passionate as they work to preserve not only jaguars and ocelots, but this special wilderness area that provides habitat for a wide diversity of species, including macaws.
Also, NJP's public outreach efforts help to spread awareness, appreciation and support of these big cats and an understanding of the need to protect this northernmost breeding population of jaguars.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Turtle, a representative from NJP came to my 4th/5th grade class to give a presentation on Jaguars in the Sonoran Desert and give my students information about the organization. My students were mesmerized by the photos of jaguars and by the fact that these animals live in our very own desert. Turtle's presentation was well-prepared, full of facts and information geared toward my group of kids and the content we're learning in class. My students had tons of questions which clearly showed their interest in this topic. I know this educational presentation will linger in the thoughts (and hopefully) actions of my students for a long time.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been most impressed with the Northern Jaguar Project's work. They are a small, lean organization with a narrow focus but a huge vision. They have always been more than willing to answer my questions, provide information and promote cooperation among jaguar fanatics. Their Denver gathering brought together interested parties from the US and Mexico and the information shared and contacts made have proven invaluable to me. Diana, Turtle and the rest of the NJP staff are first-rate.