Panthera is a wildlife conservation organization dedicated to saving big cats around the world. One of their programs is the Jaguar Corridor Initiative. Their goal: create an unbroken corridor from Argentina to Mexico where jaguars can roam, migrate, hunt and mate. It’s a huge undertaking. Currently, they work in 13 of the 18 countries within the jaguars range.
Here are a few facts from their website:
- Jaguars have been eradicated from 40% of their original territory.
- Jaguars are the only wide-ranging large cat that has no subspecies. A jaguar is just a jaguar no matter where you find them.
- During the 1960’s – 1970’s, as many as 18,000 jaguars were killed each year for their beautiful coats. Now they are mostly killed by ranchers or other humans who view them as a threat.
- There has not been evidence of a breeding jaguar population in the US in the last 50 years.