Panthera Belize is dedicated to the conservation of the wild cats of Belize and in particular jaguars. Over the winter of 2017/18, Panthera Belize set up trail cameras around the Mayflower Bocawina National Park to monitor the wildlife.
Here is a recap of the important findings from Panthera Belize and some amazing footage from the trail cameras:
The Range of the Jaguar
Jaguars exist in 18 countries in Latin America, from Mexico in the north to as far south as Argentina. Belize has one of the healthiest jaguar populations and is also home to the world's only Jaguar Preserve at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary .
The Decline of the Jaguar Population
Jaguar populations are in decline due to the destruction of their habitat, the Illegal wildlife trade, human conflict due to livestock predation and loss of wild prey.
Panthera Belize Research at Mayflower Bocawina National Park
The Mayflower Bocawina National Park forms part of the Maya Mountain Massif. This is an area of crucial importance to wildlife conservation and it supports the largest population of jaguars within Belize. Panthera Belize set up a number of camera traps and video cameras in order to monitor the wildlife in the park. From this footage, Panthera is able to gather important data such as estimated species population count and activity patterns.
Panthera UB-ERI Wildlife Fellow Dr. Bart Harmsen answers questions about how camera traps are used to keep an eye on jaguars and other wildlife in the Central Belize Corridor:
Did You know that Each Jaguar Has Unique Markings?
Each jaguar is uniquely identifiable by his or her spot pattern. This enabled Panthera Belize to estimate numbers and track individuals throughout the Mayflower Bocawina National Park.
How Do Jaguars Communicate?
One way jaguars communicate with each other is through scratching trees. Video cameras were placed on the Five Waterfalls Trail in the Mayflower Bocawina National Park. This allowed Panthera Belize to gain novel insights into jaguar communication.
What Other Wildlife Was Captured on the Bocawina Trail Cams?
The trail cameras in the Mayflower Bocawina National Park also captured great footage of Puma, Ocelot, Margay, Jaguarundi, Tayra, White-lipped Peccary, Collared Peccary, Tapir, Paca, Armadillo, Red-brocket deer, Possum, Coatimundi, Currasow, Agouti, Crested Guan and Skunk.
Here is a link to a presentation that Panthera Belize gave after the monitoring sessions at the Mayflower Bocawina National Park.
Are you looking for a wildlife viewing trip in Belize?
Bocawina Rainforest Resort & Adventures is the perfect location to explore the Mayflower Bocawina National Park. Journey through 7,100 acres of Maya Mountain wilderness with your choice of hiking, zip lines, cave tubing, bird watching, and Mayan ruin explorations. After a day of adventure, enjoy an enchanting dining experience at the Wild Fig Restaurant when staying at this Belize eco-resort.
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