Coffee Break Recap—The Incredible Story of Jaguars in the Borderlands

Together we celebrated World Jaguar Day last week with Turtle Southern from the Northern Jaguar Project and Randy Serraglio from the Center for Biological Diversity. They both shared inspiring stories of jaguarroaming across the borderlands and discussed conservation opportunities for jaguars in both the U.S. and Mexico.  

Turtle explained that seeing female jaguars and their cubs on the 58,000-acre Northern Jaguar Reserve in Sonora drives everything they do to protect core habitat for the northernmost breeding population of jaguars. By establishing safe habitat for jaguars on the Northern Jaguar Reserve and surrounding 16 ranches, the Northern Jaguar Project is creating a committed community that values the lives of these and other felines.   

A female jaguar (left) named Suki rubs heads with her second-known cub on one of the Viviendo con Felinos ranches adjacent to the reserve. Photo courtesy of the Northern Jaguar Project.

Randy shared many fascinating facts about jaguars including how they are the third largest cat in the world, the only cat that roars in the Americas, and are known to eat more than 115 different prey species even though they prefer javelina and white-tailed deer. Watch Randy’s Coffee Break presentation on jaguar conservation below on how mining and border wall construction are major threats to jaguar recovery in the U.S.

Join us for the next Virtual Coffee Break on Thursday, June 25, 2020 on for a bilingual presentation on The Next Generation of Sky Island Leaders.  Register for the webinar here.