Saturday 30 April 2016

Hidden camera films jaguar cub in Nayarit, Mexico

Footage indicates population, while small, is being maintained, says Conanp 

(Source photo: Conanp)

30-04-2016  Mexico Daily News

Video footage of a jaguar cub in a protected area in the state of Nayarit is evidence that the population of the animal is being maintained, says the National Protected Areas Commission (Conanp).

However, population numbers are not high. The commission says there are an estimated 22 jaguars in the National Marshes Biosphere Reserve in Nayarit, where monitoring of cats has been under way since 2009.

The video shows the cub playing with its mother and was recorded by a hidden camera in the region of the reserve known as La Papalota, also home to the lynx, ocelot, white-tailed deer, badger, raccoon, armadillo, rabbit and coyote.

The jaguar is a species that Conanp considers is in danger of extinction although it has been given the lower-risk designation of “near-threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Jaguar conservation efforts have been growing throughout Mexico since they began 10 years ago. Some 1,300 community volunteers are active in 12 states to watch over the jaguar population.

Friday 29 April 2016

Jaguars wake up to a winter wonderland at the San Diego Zoo, USA

Jaguars wake up to a winter wonderland at the San Diego Zoo

29-04-2016 (USA)

A one-year-old jaguar cub and his mom woke up to an unexpected surprise Thursday morning at the San Diego Zoo when they encountered piles of fresh snow blanketing their habitat. 

One-year-old Valerio and his mom, Nindiri, entered the exhibit cautiously. However, in no time at all, the pair started exploring, climbing and showcasing their natural behaviors while enjoying their new winter wonderland.

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This was the first time the two jaguars have encountered snow. Jaguars are typically native to the warmer climates of North and South America. They are the largest cat in the Western Hemisphere, and the third largest of the world's cats.

According the the San Diego Zoo, the 8-tons of fresh snow was provided through a donation to the Zoo's animal care wish list as an enrichment item for the jaguars. The San Diego Zoo provides enrichment items for the animals in their care to encourage their natural behaviors, allowing them the opportunity to thrive.

Thursday 7 April 2016

Guyana - Third jaguar shipped to city

Third jaguar shipped to city 

07-04-2016  | By KNews | Filed Under News, Kaieteur News, Guyana

The last jaguar captured by Randy Carter and a group of young men from Capoey Mission several weeks ago, was transported to Georgetown on Tuesday by officers of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Residents had been feeding it while they kept it. The first two jaguars were caught by several young men of Mainstay/ Whyaka. The jaguars travelled from the Savannahs in search of water and food due to the prolonged extreme dry weather. Dogs and other domesticated animals are their preferred prey.

A Tapakuma resident said that her community has a remaining number of not more than ten dogs. The jaguars have devoured a many of the dogs at Tapakuma, Mainstay/Whyaka and at Lima Sands. Residents in Lima Sands are reportedly still seeing jaguars under their houses. (Yannason Duncan)

Tuesday 5 April 2016

Guyana - Yet another trapped jaguar

Yet another trapped jaguar 

05-04-2016  By KNews | Filed Under News, Kaieteur News, Guyana

The jaguar which was captured by a group of young men at Capoey Mission several weeks ago is being fed chicken. The jaguar which is still to be removed from the hinterland community by members of the Environmental Protection Agency was trapped several weeks ago. The EPA is however making preparatory arrangements to have the jaguar removed.

The recent jaguar is the third to be captured in a hinterland community on the Essequibo. Traps have been constructed and set up in the communities of Tapakuma, Capoey and Mainstay/Whyaka.

The jaguars have been roaming those areas in search of food because of the prolonged dry weather. Dogs and other domesticated animals have been the jaguars’ preys. Residents have however noted that there still exists a number of jaguars in the remote areas.

The first jaguar was caught by Chris Allen of Mainstay while his cousin, Troy Fredricks assisted him with the capture of the second; both were caught at Mainstay/Whyaka.

Meanwhile, the third jaguar which was caught at Capoey, some seven to eight miles from Mainstay/ Whyaka was trapped by Randy Carter and a group of young men. (Yannason Duncan)