Where Jaguars Roam:The Northern Jaguar Project and the Return of a Legend
10am Green Valley UMC, $10 suggested donation at event.
With its unique place in legend and lore, and with strength and brawn befitting the continent’s top predator, the jaguar invokes the depths of imagination. Although the jaguar has almost completely vanished from the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, recent jaguar sightings in New Mexico and Arizona suggest that the time is ripe for the return of this magnificent creature to the southwestern United States.
In response to this exciting opportunity to re-establish the jaguar in its historic northernmost range, a small group of dedicated conservationists from the southwestern U.S. and Mexico have formed the Northern Jaguar Project (NJP). NJP is helping to revitalize the northernmost jaguar population by maintaining and protecting an 86 square mile reserve in the mountains of Sonora, Mexico, just 120 miles south of the U.S. border. Although the project currently is focused on efforts to create a stable jaguar population in northwestern Mexico, its long-term aspirations include a sustainable return of the jaguar to the southwestern United States. The potential for such a re-introduction is deemed high, since as much as 30% of Arizona alone is considered to be a suitable habitat for the jaguar.
Border Community Alliance invites you to join us for this special presentation by representatives of the Northern Jaguar Project and learn about its current efforts to expand safe and suitable habitat for the Jaguar, increase the native jaguar population, and reach out to ranchers, schools, and rural communities to build tolerance and reduce human-wildlife conflicts. As part of the presentation, you will have the opportunity to view the recent NJP video documentary, “Where Jaguars Roam,” and be virtually transported inside the Northern Jaguar Reserve for a close-up look at jaguars in the wild and the unique habitat they help support.