Protecting
Northern Mexico Jaguar Reserve

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Northern Mexico Jaguar Reserve
Expanding the Protected area of the Most northerly population of Jaguar in the Americas

The Northern Mexico Jaguar Reserve (Reserva Jaguar del Norte) was the first reserve established in Mexico with the main objective of conserving the Jaguar and currently protecting 49,421 acre (20,000 hectares).

The Reserve to the east of the state of Sonora protects the most northerly population of Jaguar in the Americas, living alongside the extraordinary biodiversity of this little-known habitat. The reserve lies just 270 km from the border with the United States.

Northern Mexico Jaguar Reserve_Credit Photo Archive of Naturalia, A.C.Jaime Rojo
The rugged Sierra Madre and the 20,000 hectares Northern Mexico Jaguar Reserve (Credit: Photo Archive of Naturalia, A.C.Jaime Rojo)

The rugged Sierra Madre is made up of subtropical scrub or Sinaloan thorny scrub, as well as oak forest, and protection is a high priority in Sonora. Inventories of the area have recorded 215 bird species, 48 reptiles and amphibians and 47 mammal species (including Jaguar). One area has been identified as the only known nesting site for the Military Macaw in the region.

The Sierra Madre has also been a primarily cattle and sheep ranching area since the 17th century. Perhaps not surprisingly, Jaguar, Puma and other predators can come into conflict with farmers and rangers.

The rugged Sierra Madre is made up of subtropical scrub or Sinaloan thorny scrub, as well as oak forest, and protection is a high priority in Sonora. Inventories of the area have recorded 215 bird species, 48 reptiles and amphibians and 47 mammal species (including Jaguar). One area has been identified as the only known nesting site for the Military Macaw in the region.

Also a primarily cattle and sheep ranching area since the 17th century, not surprisingly, Jaguar, Puma and other predators can come into conflict with farmers and rangers.

Northern Mexico Jaguar Reserve_Credit Photo Archive of Naturalia, A.C.Jaime Rojo
The rugged Sierra Madre and the 20,000 hectares Northern Mexico Jaguar Reserve
(Credit: Photo Archive of Naturalia, A.C.Jaime Rojo)

Threats:
Poaching, Persecution & Habitat loss

Northern Mexico Jaguar Reserve_Jaguar Threats
Threats: Farming, livestock and Illegal Hunting by Poachers (Credit: Photo Archive of Naturalia)

Once consider a deity by the ancient Americans, living side by side and their warriors aspiring to the stealth and strength of the king of the jungle. The Jaguar post-European arrival cannot not be further from it’s lofty ancient status. Perceived as a pest, hunted to extinction in the United States and in Mexico numbers have plummeted 80% in 50 years and its nationwide distribution down 60%. Habitat loss from human settlement and farming is a major factor in Mexico. It is a very sad story considering the Jaguar rules the forests and mountains, maintaining an order and balance created so perfectly by nature.

In the region of the Northern Mexico Jaguar Reserve backlash from cattle and goat farmers is a huge problem. When farmers lose their livestock they will shoot and poison Jaguars while poachers will hunt Jaguars for their high price on the illegal wildlife trade.

Once consider a deity by the ancient Americans, living side by side and their warriors aspiring to the stealth and strength of the king of the jungle. The Jaguar post-European arrival cannot not be further from it’s lofty ancient status. Perceived as a pest, hunted to extinction in the United States and in Mexico numbers have plummeted 80% in 50 years and its nationwide distribution down 60%. Habitat loss from human settlement and farming is a major factor in Mexico. It is a very sad story considering the Jaguar rules the forests and mountains, maintaining an order and balance created so perfectly by nature.

In the region of the Northern Mexico Jaguar Reserve backlash from cattle and goat farmers is a huge problem. When farmers lose their livestock they will shoot and poison Jaguars while poachers will hunt Jaguars for their high price on the illegal wildlife trade.

Northern Mexico Jaguar Reserve_Jaguar Threats
Illegal Hunting by Poachers (Credit: Photo Archive of Naturalia)

Where is the
Northern Mexico Jaguar Reserve?

Our Current 'Buy-An-Acre' Project:
Linking the North Mexico Jaguar reserve

Naturalia Comité para la Conservación de Especies Silvestres (Naturalia) have requested support to purchase two properties totaling nearly 4,000 acres to expand and connect the Northern Mexico Jaguar Reserve / Reserva Jaguar del Norte, currently protecting 49,421 acre (20,000 hectares) with land currently owned by Naturalia covering 3,706 acres (1,500 hectares).

This will increase protection for the Jaguar, connect separated populations and create new safe passage for an even great number of species including  Puma, Bobcats, and Ocelots.

Tree Hugger Traveldriven through our client Eco Rewards programme, will be donating to World Land Trust’s Northern Mexico Jaguar Reserve ‘Buy-an-Arce’ land protection programme. 

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The Northern Mexico Jaguar Reserve as mentioned is also home to four feline species: jaguars, mountain lions (puma), bobcats, and ocelots. It is also the only known place on the planet where jaguars and badgers overlap. What is believed to be the northernmost military macaw nesting site is located near the southernmost nesting bald eagles in North America, placing the reserve in the centre of the only area where these two birds intermingle. It likewise serves as the southern limit of surviving lowland leopard frogs.

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