Colombian Jaguars Granted New Protected Habitat

New protected areas in South America for the jaguars

The Jaguar

Jaguar by Joachim S. Muller. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Jaguar by Joachim S. Müller. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Rainforest Trust and its partners have enjoyed a number of successes lately. In early November, they announced the creation of a 3.3 million-acre national park in the Peruvian Amazon. That is more area than Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks combined (Rainforest Trust, 2015b). Now they have teemed up with Fundación ProAves to extend El Jaguar Reserve in Colombia.

As with most of the Amazon, El Jaguar Reserve is a hotbed of biodiversity. It is home to jaguars, tapirs, giant anteaters, giant river otters, and a whopping 295 species of birds (Fundación ProAves). Thanks to Rainforest Trust and Fundación ProAves, all of those animals just received an additional 5,421 acres of protected habitat. That brings the total size of El Jaguar Reserve to 10,326 acres (Rainforest Trust, 2015a).

This is an important victory…

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