07/23/17

A Critical Connection

ALAN RABINOWITZ: One of the three anchor points of the Jaguar Corridor, Colombia is a connection between all jaguars in Central America and points north and all jaguars in the Amazon and points south.

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07/24/17

First day in Colombia. On our way to Bocas del Atrato, a community of about 400 people living with jaguars among the mangroves.

07/24/17

Dense mangroves line the coast near Turbo on the Gulf of Urabá. Difficult estuarine habitat is home to “saltwater jaguars.”

07/25/17

On the docks waiting to board the boat to the Panama border. A mass of humanity!

07/25/17

Snake charmers: restoring calm at a local restaurant w a good field hack: PVC tube to contain the snake so it can be safely evacuated.

07/26/17

Corporal Picon of the Colombian Navy spotted this #jaguar swimming in the Atrato River the day before our visit. Amazing sighting! #colombia

07/26/17

Spotting Jaguars

ALAN RABINOWITZ: When Corporal Picon of the Colombian Navy spotted this jaguar swimming in the Atrato River, he shot it with a camera instead of a gun.

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07/27/17

The Strange Case of Bocas del Atrato

ESTEBAN PAYAN: I lived in the Amazon for two years as a jaguar researcher, making camp and sleeping in a hammock in the middle of the jungle. It was a hard, uncomfortable, and at times dangerous, life.

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07/27/17

Nobody said the #JaguarJourney was going to be easy. To get to Cartagena, #Colombia we traveled by boat, horse cart and finally, airplane.

07/27/17

Fighting Together in the War on Wildlife

VIDEO: Panthera, the FHAC, and the Humboldt Institute have joined together to publish a new book of research titled, “Conflicts Between Humans and Felids in Latin America,” which was released today at the International Congress for Conservation Biology in Cartagena.

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07/28/17

Growing True Jaguar Coffee in Serranía de San Lucas

CARLOS VALDERRAMA: The village of Serranía is a tiny community, a cluster of wood and lamina houses around a dirt soccer pitch high in the mountains on the edge what will become one of Colombia’s newest protected areas of jaguar habitat: San Lucas.

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07/29/17

Crossing the Gap

HOWARD QUIGLEY: The Darien Gap is one of the most remote tracts of jungle and swamp in the world. It’s a morass of thick undergrowth and boggy ground so impenetrable that it draws its nickname, The Gap, from the fact that it is the only interruption in the Pan-American Highway–the great road that runs from Canada to the point of Argentina.

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07/29/17

Setting up a camera trap in San Lucas, #Colombia. They are a key tool for counting jaguars in this vital habitat.

07/29/17

We just finished a long day hiking up San Lucas ridge. Amazing habitat, and @DrRabinowitz showed us how the #journeyofthejaguar is done.

07/29/17

Crossing from Bolivar Department in #Colombia to Santander on the mighty Rio Magdalena. We're on our way to see some experimental ranches!

07/30/17

Yesterday in San Lucas, Panthera_Col explained to us what camera traps are. To test if they're working, you have to crawl by like a jaguar.

07/30/17

The #journeyofthejaguar isn't easy. Jaguar habitat is full of tough terrain for people. We had to enter El Palmar ranch by ATV and horse.

07/30/17

Upon arriving at Don Robinson's ranch, El Palmar, we soon found a jaguar track, proof that the great cat lives here and passed by recently.

07/30/17

First we saw a jaguar track. Then we saw it on the camera trap video. Importantly, it's on the right side of the fence to protect cattle.

07/30/17

Inspecting electric fence with @DrRabinowitz at an experimental ranch. Well-designed fences keep cows in, jaguars out and ranchers happy.