Video footage of a jaguar cub in a protected area in the state of Nayarit is evidence that the population of the animal is being maintained, says the National Protected Areas Commission (Conanp).
However, population numbers are not high. The commission says there are an estimated 22 jaguars in the National Marshes Biosphere Reserve in Nayarit, where monitoring of cats has been under way since 2009.
The video shows the cub playing with its mother and was recorded by a hidden camera in the region of the reserve known as La Papalota, also home to the lynx, ocelot, white-tailed deer, badger, raccoon, armadillo, rabbit and coyote.
The jaguar is a species that Conanp considers is in danger of extinction although it has been given the lower-risk designation of “near-threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Jaguar conservation efforts have been growing throughout Mexico since they began 10 years ago. Some 1,300 community volunteers are active in 12 states to watch over the jaguar population.
Source: Milenio (sp)
Video, photos courtesy Conanp