Published On: Thu, Jan 10th, 2013

The Jaguar & Their Future in the Peninsula

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gtoThe expert in jaguar conservation, Juan Carlos Menendez said that the survival of this feline species depends on the creation of corridors that unite jungle areas where specimens are scattered across the Yucatan Peninsula.

In his lecture “The jaguar between Maya life and their future in the peninsula”; given at the Autonomous University of Yucatan, the expert explained that the peninsula is perhaps the most important areas for the jaguar survival in Mexico. According to the most recent “jaguar census” in the country there are about 4,000, where 1,850, almost 50 % are live in the peninsular area,  and 100 to 150 of these adult jaguars inhabit Yucatan.

Juan Carlos Mendez suggested as vital the creation of the right conditions for the species to maintain its population density and biomass by corridors that link dispersed areas by deforestation, forest fires, livestock farms, roads and freeways to the forest areas.

The expert presented a graph that shows the gradual transformation suffered by the jungle areas of the Yucatan peninsula, and Yucatan is the state with the largest land changes registry. This phenomenon has isolated populations of Yucatecan jaguars to each other, which undoubtedly represents a serious threat to their conservation.

The expert stressed the need for the technology already in place to make measurements and geographical studies to create a kind of corridors and bridges that join the wild population of jaguars to the Yucatan.

“The existence of the jaguar depended directly on the awareness and care to this species, which has living in this land for more than 850,000 years.”

By Raul Ponce de Leon Curmina

For more information about the Jaguar concervation follow the link http://www.kiuic.org/english_f/reserve.htm

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