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  1. This video of a male Jaguar was taken in the Chiricahua Mountains in Arizona - one of the most diverse habitats in North America: https://www.facebook.com/CenterforBioDiv/videos/10155533994380460/ I was very happy to learn this, as I will be visiting there next May, as I guide Ben Mugambi from Kenya on his trip to the USA. I don't expect any Jaguar sightings, but maybe we will get lucky and see a track.
  2. This article was published a month ago, its main purpose is to value the jaguar. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2351989417300501
  3. As a frenchman residing in Santiago, Chile, I have many possibilities to discover the Bolivian National Parks. Here are some good ideas at really low prices compared to neighboring Brazil and Peru. 1- Madidi National Park. This is the masterpiece of the hug he Amboro - Manu corridor. It was created thanks to the support of the WCS. On the Northern side of the frontier, in Peru, is the Bahuaja Sonene and Tampobata reserve. Both places are well known and luxury lodges operate in the Tambopata reserve. Madidi is really wild. It streches from the icy peaks of the Chaupi Orco to the lowlands of the Heath pampas. It encompasses a really diverse set of habitat: andes and altiplano steppe, paramo grasslands, yunga cloud forests, amazonian forest, opened grasslands. Some few species present in the park: andean deers, spectacles bears, condors, ocelots, jaguars, amazonian and andean puma sub-species, white lipped and collared peccaries, brazilian tapirs, giant otters, blue throated, red and green and blue and yellow macaws, bush dog, giant ant-eaters, spider monkey, lerochi monkey. I have travelled twice in Madidi and have seen so many animals, including puma, jaguar, and the really rare giant otters. The biomass is really high along the Tuichi river. Some studies determined that the jaguar density is even higher in Alto Madidi than in Pantanal... Only the community land of the indigenous village of San Jose de Uchipiamonas developed tourism. Many lodge operate there while Alto Madidi I stayed twice in the Berraco del Madidi ecocamp (80 dollars per day all included), which the wildest part of the park of easy access to tourists. Density of animals are amazingly high in this primary forest area, with huge groups of white lipped peccaries. The presence of a salt lick is a major asset for this place. It is the most pristine part of the park, with undisturbed wildlife populations. http://www.berracodelmadidi.com Another good place to stay is Chalalan ecolodge, owned by the indigenous community of San José. I'll make a trip report as soon as posible. 2- Yacuma river in Beni It is an amazing birding destination, especially during the dry season, when all the birds and migrants gather along the banks of the small yacuma river. Lots of swamps around the river where you can find anacondas and aquatic birds such as jabiru, storks, etc.. The trips are organized by boat on the river to see the fauna. During the dry season it's thousands of spectacled caimans and capybara that can be observed on the banks, the biomass is just outstanding. There are some squirrel, howler and brown capuchin monkeys. Can also be seen night monkey. The star of the trip are the pink dolfins really playful. They start to migrate down to the Mamoré river during the dry season but still are easily seen throughout the year. The best ecolodge to discover the "pampas" is Balatours. Another good place to stay is Mashaquipe ecolodge. Both have tours at 80 dollars per person. I have been twice to the pampas with bala tours and have seen: tens of howler and brown capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkey night monkey at the ecolodge, porcupine, southern tamandua, two giant ant-eaters, brazilian rhea, blue and yellow macaws, tens of pink dolfins, thousands of caimans and capybaras, agoutis, monitor lizard, coati... I have seen tapir footprints but local say they are really hard to see. An amazing place to combine with Madidi. A paradise for birders. 3- Barba Azul Nature reserve Set to protect the last breeding place of the re-discovered blue throated macaw in the heart of the Beni grasslands, the fundación Armonia is currently working on extending the size of the reserve, monitoring the macaws and working on research. While organized as a research ecological station, tourist are really welcomed. Access is really hard during rainy season. Aircraft has to be hired to avoid long, exhausting road transfer from Trinidad, only feasible during dry season. The blue throated macaw was first thought to be extinct before Charles Munn from the WCS rediscovered it. I am planning to visit this amazing place in the following years. Scientists say it is one of the best places to see maned wolf. Big specimens of black caiman are still there too. 4- Amboro National Park: I have been to los Volcanes lodge in october and had a mitigated impression. While the place is just amazing - breathtaking landscapes - I did not see many birds due to the drought. It is the highest biodiversity place in Bolivia for insects and birds. It is really endangered by the narco-trafficants and its Northern boundary. Amazing turn forest close to Samaipata that I really enjoyed. The tropical part is not really interesting compared to Madidi. 5- Kaa Iya National Park: A small new agency called Nickadventure offers tour to the Chaco from Santa Cruz. They have been really successful for showing jaguars during dry season (from june to october), as well as brazilian tapirs. I will definitely visit the place in the following years. Accommodation is now really bad, we have to camp under 45 degrees which could be a problem for may people. Safaris are done along the gas pipeline between Paraguay and Bolivia. Animals gather around the last pounds during dry season. Here is Nickadventures link: http://www.nicksadventuresbolivia.com 6 - Noel Kempff National Park Another out of the beaten track protected area. Some few operators go there. Nickadventures will soon offer fixed departures by aircraft as road access is definitely unpredictable. I now looks more as a adventure destination, with expensive aircraft, it will soon become an amazing destination. Tourists stay at an ecological research station. Trips by boat on the river and by foot in the jungle. Giant otters almost guaranteed. I will try to visit this place in the next 5 years.
  4. Ever since venturing to South America and the Brazilian Pantanal a few years ago (there's a 2010 trip report on here somewhere) I've had a hankering to go back. The goal then was jaguars and tapirs, but really any of the amazing wildlife of South America was on my list. I had visited the Peruvian Amazon years before, and then the Galapagos Islands in 1991, but my trip to Brazil left the lingering impression that if I wanted that "big game" feel that I get in Africa and India, then I needed to get back to the Pantanal! I had used Carlos Grandes and Pantanal Ecoexplorers in 2010 to organize the trip, and me and some buddies took the less traveled path to the Paraguay River and the Taiama Jaguar Reserve. It was adventurous for sure and we had a great time camping along the shore of the river across from a huge wood stork and roseate spoonbill rookery (noisy!) and our goal of seeing jaguars was realized with a fleeting glimpse of a female poking her head out of the reeds and disappearing moments later (but not before we snapped a quick picture!)...needless to say, I wanted more! (As a pretty important side note, I reached out to Carlos again to organize my trip to the Pantanal but the entire trip for me was dependent upon receiving a work bonus---when I finally got confirmation about a month prior to when I wanted to depart (I was in a race against time for jaguar "season" was wrapping up in late October) he had disappeared off Facebook and his website was down...I was forced to frantically begin contacting other potential organizers and learned when I was in the Pantanal that he had skipped the country and left a number of folks high and dry! Lodge owners, guides and tourist deposits! I was pretty shocked because my trip in 2010 went perfectly well, but I dodged a bullet apparently!! So, as I said, I was waiting for the green light on my bonus which gave me about 30 days to book flights and my trip. I googled cheap flights and bought them one at a time---a TAM flight from Orlando to Sao Paulo direct---a round trip Sao Paulo to Cuiaba on Gol---a Qatar flight direct to Buenos Aires---then a round trip to Trelew on Aerolineas Argentinas. The thought occurred to me that I might buy all of these single leg flights and get stuck in South America on the last one to the US! But I found a reasonable flight on Avianca back to Florida. I was able to join a small group staying at the Pantanal Jaguar Camp, two independent couple from the UK for a three night stay. So upon arrival in Cuiaba I had to stay one night at the Amazon Plaza (curious name for a hotel in the gateway city to the Pantanal but I digress) and then Pantanal Nature took it from there! They picked me up from my hotel, then two more stops at the hotels where the other travelers were staying and we were off... The Transpantaneira Highway was a safari unto itself....we had barely pulled out of Pocone under the famous sign and onto the dirt road before we were stopped by a yellow anaconda stretching across our "lane"...rather that twist and slither like I assumed all snakes did, this one was content to ripple his belly muscles and move in a long straight line across the road in no particular hurry...we piled out of the car and watched it make its way into the brush on the other side of the road. We were at times way-layed by groups of capybara and the occasional agouti. Even some caracaras picking apart a brilliant green snake. The sloughs along the side of the road were teeming with birds of all kinds and caimans by the score. Kingfishers were perched on the telephone wires and nosiy parakeets occupied these great shaggy nests in the palms. We crossed dozens of rickety bridges (there seems to be some effort to replacing the wooden ones with concrete ones) some so bad off we drove around them! We stopped off somewhere along the way for a pit stop but the overall trip to Pantanal Jaguar Camp took about five hours I'd guess... Pantanal Jaguar Camp and Pantanal Nature is owned by Ailton Lara. He has made a real comfortable place on the edge of the wilderness. Accommodations were basic, but clean and with AC. The food was excellent. I would definitely stay there again and highly recommend it. Ailton was doing an exploratory guided trip to a very wild area further to the south with a visitor that had been multiple times to visit the Pantanal. I wish I could remember the name of the national park but it had mountains and was beautiful. He arrived our second day and was a great host, serenading us with pantaneiro (cowboy) songs after dinner one night. Porto Jofre is not cheap because simply put, it's the best place in the world to see and observe jaguars...that's what you're paying for...a pair of hyacinth macaws visited us twice during our stay---such a charismatic bird! As an aside, the Pantanal is on par with Africa when it comes to bird watching...in fact, it may surpass it with it's toucans and macaws, rheas and jabiru storks and roseate spoonbills!
  5. Despite the best efforts of some Americans to seal off their southern border Mexican immigrants still make it across and not just the two-legged variety, the following is camera trap footage of El Jefe ‘The Boss’ America’s only wild jaguar. Due to a combination of hunting and habitat loss America’s largest cat became extinct as a breeding animal in the US by the mid 1900s with just occasional itinerant males like El Jefe turning up from time to time. Sightings like this always raise the question of whether jaguars should be reintroduced but the consensus amongst experts like Dr Alan Rabinowitz is that there is really insufficient habitat of a high enough quality left for the US to really support more than a very few jaguars. The US is also still a pretty hostile place for large carnivores and the reintroduction of Mexican wolves in this same region hasn’t been a total success so really rather than spend a lot of dollars re-establishing a small and insignificant population of US Jaguars much better to spend the money protecting larger more important populations further south. While young males leave the Northern Jaguar Reserve in Sonora Mexico in search of new territories travelling quite long distances young females tend to stay put so it's not likely any females will join El Jefe in US and introducing some isn't likely. So while it’s still fantastic to know that a wild jaguar is once more patrolling the mountains of Arizona with no wild females north of the border it's sadly very unlikely that The Boss will be fathering a new population of US Jaguars. Panthera El Jefe Makes an Appearance in Arizona Nat Geo Only Known Jaguar in U.S. Filmed in Rare Video
  6. Own of my travel agent (Nickadventure) in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, just posted on his Facebook page comments from locals about a jaguar poaching increase, especially in Northern Bolivia, corresponding to the Beni Wetlands and Amazonian Forest, south to Tambopata reserve in Peru. I will quote his comments here: Note for those interested to discover wild Bolivia. The place I have seen a jaguar in Madidi (with another local agent) is the same Nick use to go. Nicks offers fantastic tour in the Bolivian Chaco, and reached really good results in tapirs and jaguars observations. Let's hope tourism will develop in there, I greatly admire Nick perseverance. If Kaa Iya is rather an expedition compared to Pantanal confortable lodges in Tres Irmaos region, Nick uses camera traps during the trip to show his tourists the most secretive wildlife he cannot guarantee to his clients, which I really appreciate. I really expect to visit KINP one day with Nick, as well as other new destinations I discovered a couple of year before: Reserva Barba Azul (Beni) to see the once thought extinct endemic macaw, Red front macaw in the upper dry valleys. He also offers tour in Noel Kempff, Pantanal and seems to have a new tour to see the andean cock of the rock...
  7. As usual, I'm a bit behind in my trip report and I thought the time to do it is now, before I leave on my next trip (India, in February.) As before, I don't keep a day by day journal and so this report will likely be a few anecdotes and lots of photos The Prologue: This was our 2nd trip to the Pantanal; the first, in 2006, was before the jaguar "tourist industry" really was in full force, and at that time we didn't even consider the possibility of seeing jaguar (although our guide for that trip, Paulo Boute, did tell us it was possible "further down the highway.") We had a great trip, and fell in love with the area, and the ease of bird photography! But back then, we didn't venture further along the Transpantaneira then about half-way. So for this trip, heading all the way to Porto Jofre, and finding jaguar was the primary goal! We attempted to hire Paulo Boute again, but he was already fully booked for our preferred time period. (Keep in mind, we were inquiring over one full year ahead--in July 2014!) We really wanted to go late August 2015, as late August into September is the prime period for jaguars. Looking around for another option, I contacted Pantanal Jaguar Safaris. http://www.pantanaljaguarsafaris.com/ I selected them based partly on the fact that they were locals, but also trained biologists, and they seemed to be well versed in birds as well as mammals. I was immediately very happy with their communication and didn't hesitate to go forward with them...it was a great decision. I'll say more about them at the end of the report; but the company consists of a husband and wife: Andre, who is a native Brazilian, and Leen, his wife, from Belgium. Both do the guiding, and Leen does the back-office work and organization. Since flights to Brazil are long and expensive for us, we'd also decided we wanted to visit a 2nd location. We'd been to Iguazu on our previous trip, and after much back and forth with Leen, looking into adding the southern Pantanal, or Emas National Park, or...we settled on ending our trip at Cristalino Jungle Lodge, in the Amazon. In the end our dates were determined by who had rooms available when---the Porto Jofre Hotel and Cristalino were already very booked for this time period and we only had very few dates we could choose from. This was our final itinerary: Arrive 8/24 in Cuiaba 1 night Curicaca Lodge 2 nights Pouso Alegre 4 nights Porto Jofre Hotel 1 night Piuval Lodge Fly Cuiaba to Alta Floresta 4 nights Cristalino Lodge Fly back to Cuiaba, overnight at Hits Pantanal Hotel September 6 Fly home Our original flight was to arrive in the morning, and we'd have a full afternoon to drive to our first lodging. Unfortunately, Delta changed the schedule and we were not to arrive until almost 4 p.m. By the time we got to the Transpantaneira it was dusk, and there was not much opportunity for photos. The shot everyone takes, although this was actually taken on our way out many days later as the light was wrong on the way in! It felt amazing to be back here! We did make a few stops and the pools filled with egrets, herons, ibis and storks immediately brought back how much we loved this place! But the real birding would have to wait until tomorrow, as it was nearly dark.
  8. PantherA has just released a significant announcement, concerning jaguar conservation in ranches and agricultural landscape. This is a striking news that supports Panthera's project and strategy called Jaguar Corridor Initiative, aiming to conserve large jaguar landscapes and corridors to link all populations. https://www.panthera.org/cms/sites/default/files/Panthera_PR_JaguarDensityStudy.pdf
  9. In my quest to see the world's exotic cats my next choice was the largest feline found in the America's, the Jaguar. After doing some research it seemed the easiest location to spot them was the Pantanal in Brazil since during the hot season they come by the rivers. After looking into various companies (Brazil trips are not cheap even though our US dollar is about 4 times more than the Brazilian Real) and for the best viewing chance and something with in my budget, I learned staying on the houseboats and being on the river makes it all easier. There were several companies, but after contacting some it seemed Pantanal Nature Wildlife Tours 6 day, 5 nights trip would be my best option as I only had about 9 days off of work. All the companies seem to hang out in the same areas on the rivers as well as just like Africa, they radio each other to let each little boat know what is out there. So I left Chicago in early October and arrived in Cuiaba, Brazil day later. The video will take you through this experience. What I did not mention in the video was that the tour group consisted of myself, Eddie the guide and 2 nice people from Australia and a friendly teacher from New Zealand. Both parties had way more vacation/holiday time to spend traveling than me and I was jealous. The U.S. lacks in the vacation category for sure. Well, I hope you like the video and if anyone has any questions, please ask. https://youtu.be/a5jm7X-jRAs
  10. The goals of this year’s South American safari were good weather and jaguar in the Pantanal and to explore ‘wild’ Peru in Manu, Tambopata and Chaparri Reserve. We opted to island-hop our way back to Australia via Easter Island and Tahiti as it was a good opportunity to visit these remote destinations. The highlights: A giant anteater with a baby on its back Walking up to an armadillo as it snuffled along Jaguar, jaguar, jaguar – 11 different animals Black collared anteater The drive over the Andes and down the Manu Road Hummingbirds River trips in Manu and Tambopata Macaw licks 3 wild sloth Spectacled bears at Chaparri Lodge Moai, Easter Island The itinerary was: Southern Pantanal 3 nights Fazenda Baia das Piedras Northern Pantanal 4 nights Porto Jofre Hotel 1 night Jaguar Ecological Reserve 2 nights Rio Clara 2 nights Pousada Alegre 1 night Pousada Piuval 3 nights Hotel Baiazinha Southern Peru 2 nights, Casa Andina Arequipa 1 night Colca Canyon Lodge 1 night Palacio del Inca, Cusco Manu and Tambopata 2 nights Cock of the Rock Lodge 3 nights Manu Wildlife Center 1 night Refugio Amazonas 2 nights Tambopata Research Center Northern Peru 1 night Casa Andina Grande, Chiclayo 2 nights Chaparri Lodge Polynesia 2 nights Hotel Tauraa, Easter Island 2 nights Pension de la Plage, Tahiti Photos from the Pantanal, Peru and Polynesia are online together with accommodations from South America. This trip began with extraordinarily long flights from Sydney to Sao Paulo via Auckland and Santiago – I gave up counting the journey time after 30 hours. Anyway, we finally arrived in Brazil and made our way to the Airport Marriott for a short sleep before the flight to Campo Grande and the beginning of our Pantanal adventure. PANTANAL The Pantanal is a land of quiet rivers that encourage both types of reflection – here’s one type: and here's the other Along these waterways, caiman lurk capybaras graze jaguars snooze and cocoi herons stand sentinel at the water’s edge The Pantanal is also a land of cattle And cowboys In this land of water, wildlife and cattle, horses breakfast with chachalacas And drink with caiman
  11. Today I would like to share with you the projects led by by Tompkins Conservation, that have great plans for Chile and Argentina. Douglas Tompkins is the founder of North Face and co-founder of the Esprit firm. As a climber, he found in love with Patagonia and realized the need to conserve one of the last pristine area of the world. He them sold all is actions and started to dedicate his life in environment. He and his wife are woking through different local organizations in a set of projects, restoring and conserving huge patch of lands, and then donate them to Chilean and Argentinean governments provided that they manage them as national parks. Here are some of the projects led by this unique philanthropist man. CHILE 1- Pumalin National Park, Chilean Patagonia. In the 90's the Chilean government decided to sell huge patch of land of pristine wilderness in Northern Patagonia. Tompkins bought slowly but surely lands in there, making a hug he private reserve called Pumalin Park. http://www.parquepumalin.cl It protects nearly 3.000 km2 of pristine valdivian forests, glacial lakes and granite peaks. The park is just South to the Hornopiren National Park and directly linked to Corcovado National Park to the South. Pumalin protects one of the most pristine valdivian (cold humid forest) of the world, habitat of the discrete native pudu and the lion of the Andes also called puma. The Pumalin Foundation made a red of trails through the park, established different entrance gates with rangers control points. Local Tourism developed a lot as well as craftwork, the foundation restored old farms and transformed them in really nice hotels. Sadly the Chilean government still refuse to accept the donation for political silly reasons. Some people say the park cuts the state of Chile in two different parts. The Chilean government is currently working in a road crossing the private park. I hope Pumalin will soon be eventually donated to the state, it is one of the most precious protected area of Chile. 2- Corcovado National Park This national park was created in 2015 through donations of roughly 800 km2 from Conservation Land Trust, one of the local NGO foundation created by Tompkins. It protects pristine valdivian forests and important wetlands areas on the shores of the Corcovado gulf on the Pacific Coast. There are no easy access to the park, the government does not promote this touristic destination on that date. http://www.theconservationlandtrust.org/eng/corcovado.htm A really nice book was published last year about the park, it can be found in the USA. 3- Yendegaia National Park Tompkins pushed the creation of this amazing national park that share its eastern border with Tierra de Fuego Argentine Park, donating lands of a former sheep estancia. This park was created less than a year ago, it will be able to visit as the army is currently building a road to establish a control on the Southern shores of Tierra del Fuego. The park protects peatlands and other important wetlands, as well as huge glaciers form the Darwin Range. It is located just East of the enormous Agostini National Park. http://www.theconservationlandtrust.org/eng/yendegaia.htm The park northern can be discovered by boat. Expedición Fitzroy offers amazing cruises out there. http://www.patagoniaphotosafaris.com It is also posible to organize a trip sallying from Ushuaia or Puerto Williams on the Isla Navarino Island. I let you some few website, but there many other french-owned agencies based on Ushuaia http://www.croisieres-boulard.com/index.php?page=accueil http://www.espritequipe.com 4- Melimoyu Peninsula and Isla Magdalena Another project of Tompkins located in the valdivian forests of Northern Patagonia. http://www.theconservationlandtrust.org/eng/melimoyu_isla_magdalena.htm A marine park was established a year ago in the Bahia Tic Toc, one the patagonia sounds marine hotspots. Blue whales come in the bay to feed before going North close to the ecuador. This unique ecosystem only exists in Southern New Zealand and Northern Patagonia. http://chile.panda.org/?216897/Con-nuevo-Parque-Marino-Tic-Toc-Chile-da-un-paso-decisivo-en-la-conservacin-de-su-mar-y-de-especies-emblemticas-como-la-ballena-azul http://2010-2014.gob.cl/especiales/parque-marino-tic-toc/ There a few small companies organizing cruises in the area to discover these fabulous landscapes: http://www.guaitecas.com/web/ Photographic expedition: http://abtao.cl/site/2014/08/18/3o-taller-fotografico-la-travesia-de-los-chonos-marzo-2015/ 5- Cabo Leon estancia It aims to protect good sub-antartict forest close to the Alacalufe National Reserve on Riesco Island, Southern Patagonia. A short descripción form CLT website: http://www.theconservationlandtrust.org/eng/cabo_leon.htm This extremely rugged and wild landscape is now fully protected for its wilderness values, but could eventually be repatriated to public ownership. Some conservationists in the region have suggested that Cabo Leon should be donated to the state of Chile for addition to the adjacent Alacalufe Reserve, which would then be upgraded to national park status. If such an outcome came to pass, the resulting national park would be one of the largest protected areas in South America—a phenomenal new wilderness area exceeding six million acres—and a major addition to Chile’s national park system. 7- Patagonia National Park project Tompkins wife works on the creation of a huge national park in Aysen region. She bought the former sheep estancia Chacabuco and then restored the land and created a red of trails and refuges for tourists. The place is now opened for tourism but the oficial opening will be programed when the foundation Conservation Patagonica will finish the restoration processes. This private reserve protects one the major population of Southern Andean deer or huemul of the world. It protects pampa as well as valdivian forests. Guanacos, Darwin rhea as well as pumas can be founds in this reserve just North of the Baker river, that was lastly saved from a devastating dam project. The aim is to develop tourism and transform Aysen as the main touristic destination of Patagonia, through Parque National Patagonia creation. The idea is to donate the 1000 km2 extension to the state and manage the Jeinimeni and Tamango reserves as a single unit under National Park status to enhance protection. http://www.conservacionpatagonica.org/home.htm http://www.patagoniapark.org ARGENTINA 1- Monte Leon National Park This patagonian coastal park of 600 km2 was built from a donation of Conservation Patagonica in 2002. It protects representative magellan penguins and sea lion colonies. It is the only piece of patagonia coastal landscape under protection in Argentina. Guanacos roam the pampa while pumas hide in the rocky canyons of the park. A photographic book has recently been published about the park and can be found in the USA. http://www.conservacionpatagonica.org/aboutus_otrs.htm 2- El Rincon Estancia (Perito Moreno National Park) A small piece of land was donated last year to the argentinean government and added to the Perito Moreno National Park http://www.theconservationlandtrust.org/eng/el_rincon.htm The land protects restores pampa grasslands on the flank of the mighty San Lorenzo summit. 3- Ibera National Park This is the master piece of conservation of CLT in Argentina. They have huge plans for the Ibera wetlands based on restoration and conservation. The Ibera wetlands are the second largest wetlands of the world just after Pantanal. Well the rank is not really significant, I even think the Moxos wetlands in the Beni region of Bolivia are much bigger than Ibera. What is important is that it is one of the last wild and pristine place in North-East Argentina. There is currently a nature reserve formed of public and private lands. CLT bought some private former ranches and restored them. They have amazing reintroduction plans. Two giant ant-eaters have been established in the Ibera. Pampa deers habitat have been secured in the Aguapey region, while another population has been established on San Alonso island. They are currently working on a reproduction center in San Alonso for jaguars. The final aim of this project will be the reintroduction of the big cat in the Ibera. They have also plan to reintroduce collared peccaries as well as giant otters and tapirs in the Ibera. The process will take time and eventually the 1500 km2 protected by CLT will be donated to the state to make a huge 7000 km2 national park competing with the brazilian Pantanal. It will be on the circuit of the Northern Argentine protected areas with the Impenetrable and Iguazu national parks. http://www.proyectoibera.org/eng/ http://www.parquenacionalibera.org 4- Parque Nacional el Impenetrable Declared in late 2014 expropriating the herders of a huge estancia in the Chaco region, CLT made an important donation to finance the creation of the lands to the state. An important step has be done to protect the jaguar in Argentina. I think they will have to reintroduce jaguars in there in the future through the jaguar reproduction center located in the Ibera. Please find another post there: http://safaritalk.net/topic/13596-new-argentine-national-park-el-impenetrable/ GENERAL Here are the links of Tompkins Conservation and CLT http://www.tompkinsconservation.org/home.htm http://www.theconservationlandtrust.org/eng/our_mission.htm Other links about the restoration and species recovery programs led by this couple of philanthropists. Only wish they were much more people like them on earth... http://www.tompkinsconservation.org/wildlife_recovery.htm http://www.tompkinsconservation.org/landscape_restoration.htm
  12. A Brazilian conservationist from the Jaguar Conservation Fund discoveries tends to think YES jaguar can adapt and live in agricultural landscapes: http://www.cctv-america.com/2015/03/01/the-endangered-jaguar-makes-a-comeback-in-brazil http://www.jaguar.org.br/en/index.html
  13. We have just returned from a wonderful trip to the Pantanal – a trip inspired by and informed by Safaritalk. (You wait a year for a Pantanal Trip Report and two come along on the same day!) Itinerary (26th August 2014 – 12 September 2014, UK-UK) South Pantanal: 4 nights– Barranco Alto North Pantanal: I night Cuiaba 2 Nights Pouso Rio Clara 3 nights Hotel Porto Jofre 1 Night Jaguar Ecological Reserve 3 nights Pouso Allegre I night Sao Paulo Why the Pantanal? We obviously hoped to see jaguar, but it is clear from the reports that there is so much more to see – and in fact our main inspiration was the hope of seeing Giant Anteater, and the variety of birds. We are not really birders, but it looked like there were a lot of large, colourful birds that even we could see! This was a trip inspired by Safaritalk. A year ago, we had returned from Zambia and were looking at a variety of trip reports when we saw the report by @@Treepol and thought it looked wonderful. We then looked at report by @@kittykat23uk of their trip with Julinho in the north Pantanal. We also enjoyed and were helped greatly by reports of @michalibk, @@inyathi, and @@pedro maia ,@@Jochen and two reports by @Atravellyn with lots of practical detail It was also informed by Safaritalk in many practical details from the trip planning section, with many helpful responses to questions and the trip reports mentioned. Treepol was also extremely helpful in giving detailed advice through email and we are very grateful to her for that.
  14. For those interested int the creation of the Impenetrable National Park in the core area of the Chaco ecosystem. Perhaps the last hope to save jaguars of the chacoan region. http://proyectoyaguarete.com.ar/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Manual-PN-El-Impenetrable-versión-final.pdf This park has been created few months ago expropriating a huge farm called la Fidelidad between Formosa and Chaco states of Northern Argentina. Only the part South of the Bermejo river in the Chaco park have been declared as a national park, it urges declaring the part North to the Bermejo river as a reserve or any other king of protection. El Impenetrable protects is the last pristine patch of chacoan habitat in a region where deforestation is severe, replacing native trees by soja farms. It is perhaps the last place where the jaguar survives in Northern Argentina apart from the yunga landscapes in Jujuy and Salta states, and Misiones states close to Iguazu falls. Here is a documentary concerning the jaguar situation in Argentina: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnELYyqzP7c#t=27 Only 3 sub-populations survive today: - a small binational populations in Misiones with less than 50 jaguars as a global number in the ecosystem. A corridor still exist along the Parana river but Iguazu National Park is surrounded by farms, the area was devastated during WWII to supply Europe in timber. - a 150 jaguars population in the tropical humid mountain forests of Salta and Jujuy in North West Argentina. This area is quite wild but jaguars kill on cattle generating conflict with farmers. The population is connected with Bolivian yungas. - Less than 20 jaguars might still survive in the Chaco, but in 10 years research, scientist have never seen any. Jaguar only occupy 10% of their historic distribution in Argentina. Jaguars used to be until Rio Negro in Northern Patagonia, 1500 km south to their southernmost current population. Jaguars used to kill on guanacos and pampa deers, the first one has almost disappeared in its northern distribution while the second one that was thriving by millions in the past from San Luis to the North, is almost extirpated from Argentina. Only 4 sub-populations survive with less than 2000 animals between Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, San Luis and Corrientes. Conservation Land Trust is leading an interesting initiative to reintroduce jaguars in the Ibera swamp ecosystem from zoos' animals. They are working on establishing a firth population of pampa deers in Corrientes state and have reintroduced two populations of giant anteaters in the Ibera wetlands. http://www.theconservationlandtrust.org/eng/our_mission.htm
  15. Amazing video of a jaguar killing a cayman in Pantanal: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/09/130925-caiman-jaguar-animals-science-video-brazil-attack/
  16. Learn more about PantheraCats' work to conserve jaguars through the Pantanal Jaguar Project @ http://t.co/jSFxzyQc

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