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Review for Northern Jaguar Project, Tucson, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I believe the Northern Jaguar Project is making huge strides in conservation of the northernmost breeding area for jaguars, and I am honored to be involved with this nonprofit. What I think is special about the Northern Jaguar Project is they are thinking broadly, considering all aspects of what makes this special ecosystem tick. Not only are they directly concerned with the jaguars calling this area home, but also the condition of their habitat and ultimately, their prey populations. I am involved in helping with their Feline Photo project, where I help identify wildlife in photos and prepare files for each camera location. As a wildlife biologist myself, I very much agree with the approach to using motion-triggered cameras. Much information can be gained about a species (and its neighbors!) while being a safe and cost effective "hands-off" technique. Last November my husband (who's a restoration ecologist) and I had the opportunity to travel to the reserve and we enjoyed every minute of exploring such a wild, beautiful place. Our mission to traveling there and meeting with Rick Williams, the reserve manager, was to discuss some of the options of improving the landscape in the reserve. They discussed areas of fire danger, slowing the progression of non-native grasses, as well as replanting disturbed areas with native plants. Again, the Northern Jaguar Project is thinking of the ecosystem as a whole in this example, which I think is the reason they are able to make such strides in jaguar conservation efforts. The Northern Jaguar Project has our continued support!

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Role:  Volunteer