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Jaguar population increases in Mexico

Efforts to preserve jaguars, the third largest cat in the world, have borne fruit
Jaguar population increases in Mexico
Jaguar - Photo: Notimex
07/03/2018
12:38
Viridiana Ramírez
Mexico City
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In Mexico, efforts to preserve jaguars, the third largest cat in the world, have borne fruit. Jaguar population increased 10% in the Yucatán peninsula, going from 850 to about 2,000, according to Alejandro del Mazo Maza, National Commissioner of Protected Areas.

In a telephone interview for EL UNIVERSAL, he disclosed that Mexico ranks second in jaguar population— just below Brazil.

“The successful increase in jaguar population is the result of a series of measures for its conservation, such as biological monitoring via phototraping, satellite collars, a progressive penalty system for poaching, stopping illegal logging through Federal Police surveillance, and protocols to prevent livestock conflicts,” assured the commissioner.

Along with the creation of three natural reserves in 2016, namely, Sierra de Tamaulipas Biosphere Reserve in Tamaulipas, Ajos-Bavispe National Forest Reserve in Sonora, and the Mexican Caribbean Biosphere Reserve in Quintana Roo, the three with an increasing jaguar population.

Alejandro del Mazo Maza disclosed that Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize are seeking to create the first "tri-national natural protected area," which would encompass Yucatán, Quintana Roo, Campeche, and Chiapas in Mexico and may be formalized by this year. 

On Twitter, Alejandro del Mazo Maza wrote in Spanish: "Jaguars are key species for Biodiversity Conservation in Mexico, thus we are working on creating the first tri-national natural protected area with Guatemala and Belize to preserve a feline and its habitat  the Mayan jungle."

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