In the following video and pictures you will see a female jaguar feeding and dragging the carcass of a cow she killed the previous night. We sat transfixed and amazed as we watched her feed. She is an integral part of habituation work that is being conducted here at Caiman Ecological Refuge. We are attempting, with great success, to relax a wild population of jaguars to vehicles. It is hoped to add value to the cats, kick-starting the ecotourism industry of Brazil. We are trying to prove that with a slight change in outlook and management, jaguars and cattle can coexist.
I am fortunate enough to be part of a team of dedicated conservationists and biologists who spend countless hours in the field finding and habituating jaguars. The project has been ongoing for 2 years and already you can see we are achieving great results.
The female jaguar, in this video, is known as Esperanza. She is one of two female jaguars currently wearing GPS collars.The collar helps us conduct research, monitor her movements and learn crucial information regarding jaguars in general. The team has identified over 25 different jaguars in the core research area. We believe that the future is bright for the jaguar here in the southern Pantanal.
We invite you to come join us and see the work being conducted by Projeto Onçafari
Written, filmed and photographed by Adam Bannister