Join WCS and Jaguar North America As We Celebrate International Jaguar Day

With their beauty, power, and speed, jaguars are the iconic big cat of the Americas. Today, their future is in our hands.

International Jaguar Day, November 29, highlights the pressing need to conserve them. Jaguar North America, LLC is collaborating with WCS to raise awareness and support. At WCS, we thank Jaguar North America for helping to save its namesake.

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Photo Credit: ©Luke Hunter

For decades, WCS has worked to protect jaguars, to ensure these big cats continue to roam the savannas, grasslands, and rainforests of the Americas. WCS’s model to save them is based on three core elements: securing large, well-protected areas as inviolate refuges for jaguars and their prey; ensuring connectivity between those areas; and cooperating with communities living across these landscapes to help meet their needs while also improving things for jaguars and other wildlife.

WCS Conservation Facts

  • WCS protects jaguars in 13 countries.
  • WCS safeguards jaguars across a land area roughly the size of California.
  • WCS has been working at these sites for years and, in some cases, decades.
  • WCS uses a holistic approach, not only protecting jaguars where they are but also working to bring them home to their former range.
  • WCS is building out an ambitious landscape-scale program in the Southwest Borderlands and Northern Mexico that seeks to lay the foundation for rewilding the endangered and emblematic jaguar and protecting, reconnecting, and restoring the waterways, forest, and grassland habitats required to sustain and nurture these once abundant icons of the southwest.
  • Based on 2020 research, jaguar populations are growing steadily at WCS sites, averaging a 6.1% increase per year.

“It takes time for jaguars to recover, and our new results demonstrate that persistence pays off.”

—Joe Walston, WCS Executive Vice President for Global Conservation

From the Newsroom

A Symbol of Transboundary Conservation

WCS scientists documented a jaguar crossing the border between Belize and Guatemala—the first confirmed transboundary crossing of a jaguar between the two countries.

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Jaguars Get Further Protections

At the Convention on Migratory Species COP in India, the jaguar was recognized as a migratory species and added to the CMS Appendices I and II, affording the species some much needed conservation legislation and attention.

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Illegal Wildlife Trade in the Americas

In recent years, countries in the Andean and Amazon regions have seen a rise in the illegal trade of jaguar parts, including fangs, claws, skins, and bones, which are sold in local or international markets for ornamental or medicinal use.

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Five Great Forests

Governments, Indigenous Peoples, local and international NGOs, including WCS, joined forces on a critical collaboration to protect Mesoamerica’s five largest forests, which are home to more than 7.5% of the planet’s biodiversity including jaguars.

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