Our Jaguar Conservation /Ranch Partnerships in Bolivia
|Jaguar with cubs seen during an expediton to the San Carlos Wildlife Reserve in Bolivia|
Unknown to most , is that conflicts between Ranchers and Predators make up a huge percentage of predators being killed. Worldwide this is huge issue and affects snow leopards, Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Wolves, Pumas and sadly Jaguars in Latin America. Many Ranchers pay full time professional hunters to shoot problem predators, or also use poison, traps and many other methods.
The issue is complicated, its easy for people on the outside to be critical of Ranchers for the killing of predators, but you have to put yourself in the shoes of the land owners who can lose huge percentages of profits. With meat consumption soaring worldwide these issues will continue to soar with the big cats being the losers.
|A cow deep inside a National Park which was killed by a Jaguar, the result usually ends in the Jaguar being killed.|
|Every year hundreds of Jaguars, Pumas, Ocelots are killed in Latin America for eating livestock.|
Our aim is to develop schemes which can benefit both the Rancher and the predators which are only doing what the can to survive, thus the idea for Ranch/Eco Tourism projects like San Carlos Wildlife Reserve and our other partner project San Miguelito Jaguar Conservation Reserve has been born. The aim is to provide eco tourism, where through tourism costs of cattle which have been eaten by Jaguars or other predators will be covered, in return all guns and the hunting of Jagaurs and their prey species will cease.
|Travellers enjoying a boat trip in the San Miguelito Jaguar Reserve.|
WHAT WE CAN DO TO HELP
People often ask what can be done to help save Jaguars, we believe that the first step means a reduction in red meat being eaten, and a push for Predator friendly certifed meats where costs of predation are passed on to the consumer, that way you would know that the meat you are eating has not caused a Jaguar or Puma to have been killed. Other options are to support Eco tourism projects such as these, money raised goes towards developing the infrustructure as well as providing employment and covering Cattle losses. We aim to continue to expand these projects and convince Ranchers that Jaguars and other animals are worth more alive than dead.
|Jaguar sighting at the San Miguelito Jaguar Conservation Reserve Bolivia|
Tourists purchasing body parts of Jaguars be it teeth , skins or body parts for spiritial Ayahuasca rituals is also driving poaching of Jaguars.
Lastly tourism demand for bush meat is growing, many restuarants in Latin America often offer peccaries, Armadillos, Tapir, Deer and other species. These animals are prey of the Jaguar and Pumas, and when these are depleted they are forced to eat cattle thus causing conflicts.