TULUM, Q. Roo — Quintana Roo’s Secretary of Ecology and Environment, Rafael Muñoz Berzunza, announced efforts are underway to create a biological corridor throughout the state to allow the survival of the jaguar.
He explained that with the signing of an agreement with civil associations and private initiative, the government of Quintana Roo takes the first steps towards the conservation of this endangered species.
He explained that the cooperation agreement will allow specific protection, monitoring, research and environmental education regarding jaguars (Panthera onca) in the state.
With the XVIII Anniversary of the Declaration of the Protected Natural Area of the region called Xcacel-Xcacelito, the agreement was signed by the Secretariat, the El Eden Ecological Reserve, the Akumal Ecological Center and Xel Ha Promotora and municipal authorities.
The state official said that the jaguar is the largest feline in the Americas and the largest of the five species of felines that inhabit the Yucatan Peninsula.
The director general of El Eden Ecological Reserve, Marco Antonio Lazcano Barrero, reported that according to a recent census conducted by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), more than 4,400 jaguars live in Mexico.
Of that total, half are in the Yucatan Peninsula and at least a quarter of that species inhabit the jungle of Quintana Roo.
He stressed that all preservation efforts will join with the National Alliance for the Conservation of the Jaguar, to ensure the preservation of this species threatened by factors such as hunting, forest fires and rural and urban growth.
“In pre-Hispanic cultures the jaguar was a very important symbol and therefore appreciated. While it is in danger of extinction, we now have technology that allows us to follow their tracks and know their habits of breeding, hunting and displacement in their habitat,” he said.
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