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Why Panthera’s School Is Working in the Brazilian Pantanal

The chirps of songbirds and squawks of macaws ring through the air as the first rays of sun break over the world’s largest inland wetland. I sit with Suelen Leite, […]


Caiman Hunting

Sometimes the world hands you a gift, and it should be appreciated for the rare event it is. Today was such a day. We left late in the afternoon on our boat from Jofre Velho as the sun was already sinking in the sky. We were determined to at least catch a glimpse of one of the numerous jaguars that live along this part of the Cuiabá River.


Coming Home

My first encounter with a jaguar in the Brazilian Pantanal happened at night when I found myself staring into those green, piercing eyes that shone golden when the light from […]


Field Work & Departures

As we headed to the airport in Barrancabermeja, a city of roughly 200,000 people built up around a major oil refinery, I couldn’t stop thinking of the jaguar we saw on camera trap the day before. That jaguar, walking along the trail, had not only traveled through an often inhospitable human landscape, but had done so without harming the rancher’s water buffalo.


Good fences make good neighbors

Some of the ranches outside of Barrancabermeja, Colombia, had recently experienced jaguar predation against their water buffalo. Since the attacks, we started testing new anti-predator techniques, including specially designed electric fencing, to try and protect stock. The Asiatic water buffalo is usually an effective anti-predator strategy in itself, since these beasts still retain a natural defensive behavior from having evolved with the constant threat of living with tigers in Asia.


How to Save Jaguars at San Lucas

Right now in Colombia, Panthera’s single biggest conservation priority is ensuring that our partner, the Colombian government, designates San Lucas—a key region of jaguar territory—as a national park. Making this designation here will not only protect the incredible biodiversity of the region, but also provide clean water in a place where many of the waterways have already been highly degraded, plus economic opportunity for the people who live on its border.

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