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“One of the greatest challenges facing jaguar conservation in Belize is finding solutions for the coexistence of jaguars and the communities which live in and around the jaguar’s habitat”
Protected Area Manager, Ya’axché Conservation Trust
The elusive jaguar, the largest cat in the western hemisphere, once roamed from south-western America through the Amazon Basin and into Argentina. Today it has been eliminated from much of its range.
The jaguar has a strong association with the water and is found in a variety of habitats from rainforest to swamp areas, grasslands and dry deciduous forest.
High deforestation rates across Latin America and fragmentation of forest habitat is increasingly isolating today’s jaguar populations, making them more vulnerable to human persecution.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is supporting partner organisation, the Ya’axché Conservation Trust, on an important jaguar project in Belize’s Maya Golden Landscape. Ya’axché is monitoring jaguar populations and protecting their forest habitat whilst also raising awareness among local communities about this big cat.
In Brazil, FFI is working to protect important jaguar habitat in and around Cristalino State Park and is supporting the work of researchers to promote the coexistence of people and jaguars.
Females have litters of one to four cubs that learn to hunt by staying with their mothers for two years or more.