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Review for Northern Jaguar Project, Tucson, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As a board member I feel very fortunate to be associated with the other individuals that comprise the board of Northern Jaguar Project. They are dynamic and dedicated, recognized experts in their fields, and give to the project a lot of experience and knowledge, as well as a lot of hard work.
I personally worked early-on in identifying and purchasing the lands of the Northern Jaguar Reserve, which, along with local community based outreach and education, have been Northern Jaguar Project's greatest achievements. Together these projects should give permanent protection to the northernmost jaguar populations and all species under their umbrella. It has not been an easy task, and there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done, but 11 years after my first visit to the area, it is still sometimes hard to believe that we have a viable reserve in place and that the adjoining cattle ranching community is accepting our efforts and our assistance.
One of the keys to success has been our partnering with Naturalia A.C., a Mexican non-profit, to hold title to the reserve and help administer programs. With Naturalia's help we are better able to use Mexican professionals, students, and local labor, and thus the project is not seen so much as a foreign intrusion.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

establishing and monitoring research, establishing the Northern Jaguar Reserve and working with NJP's partner, Naturalia A.C. to administer the reserve and nearby community projects.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

work with other board members to insure that our organizational structure evolves to meet new challenges and work load.

Role:  Board Member & I am a founding board member. I helped in early research projects, have personally guided several donors on the Northern Jaguar Reserve lands, and am now the NJR manager.