Back in October 2013 we had a capture campaign to fit a few radio/satellite collars in some Jaguars of Caiman Ecological Refuge. This collars give us a lot of information that helps us better understand Jaguar activities. The Jaguar is the least studied species among big cats. The info received by the collars help us know which are Jaguars most frequently used routes, their territories and etc which also aids us in the habituation process.
When we captured Natureza, one of the Jaguars we’ve been monitoring since birth (Esperança’s doughter) we noticed she had a wound on her left nostril, possibly caused in a fight, while hunting or by a desease.
We took a sample of the wound’s tissue in order to send it to a couple different labs so that we could diagnose the problem. With this sample we could find out if the wound was infected, if it was caused by some kind of disease and try to learn what deceases jaguars could be prone to.
Latte last year (Nov 2013) we received the first diagnosis. It was good news. It is nothing serious and it should naturally recede. Thankfully no extra treatment should be needed. At Oncafari Jaguar Project we interfere as least as possible in the lives of the Jaguars so we where all happy to learn she will be ok, after all we know her since she was born.
By: Leonardo Sartorello