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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 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

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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).

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Mike I.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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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

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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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

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a professional biologist with strong interests in protecting ecosystems using approaches that work with people in the environment. For about the last 5-7 years, I have been keenly impressed by the work of the Northern Jaguar Project and have donated to them regularly. They have acquired a substantial region for habitat, have surveyed and are cognizant of many creatures within the property to try to promote besides the keystone jaguar species. As I can attest from various exchanges with their staff, they are informed by current studies and experiences in wildlife conservation and enhancing compatibility with human populations in the areas of environmental justice and sustainability. Importantly, the group is actively working with the landowners and residents around the preserve over a number of years to understand, educate and work with on behalf of the unique habitats of the region. This latter part is hugely crucial and Northern Jaguar Project has been a leader in working collaboratively with the residents. Lastly, NJP has their heart deeply in their work on behalf of wildlife and people. One way this is show is that they operate on a very modest administrative budget for their salaries and staff.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to the Northern Jaguar Project for several years, and I believe it to be a very worthwhile organization. I found out about NJP when I met Peter Warshall in Tucson. He told me about NJP's program that pays ranchers for photographs of jaguars, discouraging them from poaching. I later looked up NJP from their website learned that they had a wish list of needed items. This was something concrete that I could help with and I decided to organize a donation of supplies through my school. I believe in the Northern Jaguar Project's cause, and try to contribute whenever I can. I think that protecting jaguars is incredibly important as they are the one of the keystone species in the area, and by protecting jaguars' habitat, NJP is also protecting the habitat of countless other species. NJP's website gives lots of good information to someone wanting to learn more, but living far from Arizona, and the occasional newsletters and email updates really keep me in formed about what the staff and researchers are doing. NJP protects jaguar habitat and works with the nearby community in really innovative ways in order to save the jaguar, and I think it is a really great organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Northern Jaguar Project is doing some of the most important conservation work in our hemisphere. By preserving habitat for these fascinating and beautiful cats, the NJP also preserves a portion of the uniquely diverse Sinaloan Thornscrub ecosytem. They are doing what I wanted to do after first visiting this region nearly 30 years ago. And they are doing it better...working to ensure local support, doing restoration projects, making inventories of this ecological crossover between the neotropics and temperate regions, etc. Follow your favorite jaguar by trail camera on their website, or check your knowledge of northern Mexico's wonderfully varied plant and animal communities against their species checklist. These folks work on a shoestring where land can be purchased for less than $50/acre. As a friend once said to me, "If it doesn't hurt a little bit, you probably haven't given enough". So give until it hurts, then be sure and put them in your will.

Mike Van Note (thornscrub aficionado)

Tom L.

Donor

Rating: 5

I can't think of a better organization to be a part of. I know that everything I donate to them whether it be an insect guide or field clothing, will go to great use and will help in a small part to bring the Jaguar back to its northern most habitat in the USA. Hats off to all the people at NJP for all their efforts in making this beautiful cat a part of Americana again.

Codee G.

Donor

Rating: 5

The NJP does a fantastic job where no one else is willing to step up and help. As past president of the Jaguar Club of Central Arizona (the automobile!) I met Diane and Turtle a few years ago and signed up as a monthly donor. For the cost of a glass of wine every month, the work they provide for saving one of the last habitats of New World great cats is priceless. Once gone, there is no turning the clock back. The presentation for the Jaguar Clubs of North America national meeting was great and hopefully the message will be heard across the country.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Northern Jaguar Project, and its in-country partner Naturalia, are working hand in hand and with surrounding neighbors and communities in Sonora to create the first vital link in what could become a wonderful wildlands corridor down the entire spine of the Sierra Madre Occidental in northwestern Mexico. By focusing conservation efforts on such a noble, charismatic, enigmatic creature, they are simultaneously providing an umbrella of protection for all forms of life in this immense stretch of the Sierra. I am impressed that NJP and Naturalia are educating children and adults alike about the incredible natural wealth of Sonora. Perhaps most important to me, NJP and Naturalia conduct themselves with humility and respect for local cultures and customs. I would like to see their conservation work emulated by other like-minded organizations in northwestern Mexico. I am proud to be a supporter of NJP.

Donor

Rating: 4

I am very proud to be a supporter of this hands-on ecological/conservation organization involved in preserving and expanding critical habitat for the northernmost population of one of the most beautiful and dramatic of all New World mammals. I am very hopeful that as a result of the work of the Northern Jaguar Project these magnificent cats may reclaim a portion of their historic range in the United States.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I had an opportunity to attend the presentation at ASU by some of the bikers who rode 350 miles in support of the jaguar. I was amazed at the slide presentation showing these beautiful creatures roaming freely in the Mexican wilderness preserve. I admire the dedication of all of the participants to recover land for the jaguar so that someday my children might see this wonderful animal in the wild.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a docent at Reid Park Zoo (Tucson) and helped get other docents to the NJP presentation. It was standing room only - a very good presentation and lots of interest from all attendees.