Thursday, February 4, 2016

Video Reveals Footage of Only Known Wild Jaguar in the U.S.

Prepare yourself: Conservation CATalyst and the Center for Biological Diversity this week released stunning new video of the only known wild jaguar living in the United States. Captured on remote-sensor cameras in the Santa Rita Mountains just outside Tucson, the footage provides a glimpse of the secretive life of one of nature's most majestic and charismatic creatures. It's the first-ever publicly released video of "El Jefe," as he was named by Tucson school kids (Spanish for "The Boss").

"These glimpses into his behavior offer the keys to unlocking the mysteries of these cryptic cats," said Aletris Neils, executive director of Conservation CATalyst.

"Knowing that this amazing cat is right out there, just 25 miles from downtown Tucson, is a big thrill," said the Center's Randy Serraglio. "El Jefe has been living more or less in our backyard for more than three years now. It's our job to make sure that his home is protected and he can get what he needs to survive."

The camera project is part of ongoing work to monitor mountain ranges around Tucson for endangered jaguars and ocelots, led by Chris Bugbee, a biologist with Conservation CATalyst. 

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Posted by Center for Biological Diversity on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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