The Jaguar Project seeks to ensure the long-term conservation of a viable population of jaguar and the species with which it coexists in the Atlantic Forest
The jaguar, or American tiger, is the largest cat of the continent. Jaguars still surviving in Argentina are the southernmost populations of this species that historically lived up to many kilometers further South, including part of Patagonia – Argentina.
Today, most of jaguar populations are seriously threatened and the few ones remaining in southern South America are in need of urgent conservation measures.
Our efforts are focused on generating information on the state of the jaguar and its habitat as well as understanding the threats to which it is exposed so as to implement effective conservation measures leading to its preservation.
The importance of jaguar conservation
The importance of preserving the jaguar is based on different ethical, cultural and ecological reasons. From the ecological point of view, it is a priority species because it fulfills several roles:
It is an “umbrella” species whose high habitat requirements ensure that if we protect this species we preserve many others having lower demands.
It is an “indicator” species, as its presence is a sign that the forest still contains a species diversity essential for the jaguar survival.
It is a “key” species. Being a large carnivore, it plays a fundamental role as a regulator of food chains in the jungle.
Additionally, it has great value as an “emblematic or flagship” species that can be used in environmental education programs, being effective in attracting the attention of the general public and conservation program sponsors.