Two baby jaguars rescued in Calakmul

By Brisa Muñoz

The little ‘girls’ will rehabilitate in Oaxaca, after which they will return to their natural habitat

Less than 20 days old, with an advanced state of dehydration and abandoned in a paddock…this is how the story of these two little cubs started out but it all turned around when they were found by a citizen of the common land ‘Centauro del Norte’ in Calakmul, Campeche.

baby jaguarImagen Original, cortesía de la Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (Conanp)

The man immediately gave notice to the community guards “Garra del Jaguar”, who in turn informed the Mexican National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (Conanp) of the situation, so they could take care of the felines.

Through a press release, the federal agency informed that the two female cubs, who barely weighed 600 grams, were taken care of by Conanp personnel with support of the ‘Yaguar Xoo’ Organization’s team of veterinaries, who supplied the powder formula and other necessary supplies to properly assist the cubs in such critical stage, in order to guarantee their survival.

After 15 days of stabilization and recuperation, on October 27th the little jaguars were moved to Oaxaca by the director of the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, José Zuñiga. With a weight of 1.2 kilograms, the jaguars were received by the Yaguar Xoo team of experts and the Fundación Jaguares en la Selva A.C., who designed a rehab protocol to ensure this process will not affect their livelihood and performance after they are released back into their habitat.

baby jaguarsImagen Original, cortesía de la Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (Conanp)

According to this protocol, from this moment and until the cubs turn 3 months old, they will be fed with techniques that minimize their contact with human beings. Then their growth and development will be promoted with hunting and survival skills that will be useful for them when, in approximately 8 months, they are freed in the jungle of the Calakmul Reserve.

It is worth mentioning that the Conanp coordinates nationwide efforts for the preservation of this species, through the Conservation Program of Endangered Species (Procer), and according to their data, one of the main results of these efforts is the implementation of 114 Community Vigilance Committees for the protection of jaguars, the first National Jaguar Census in Mexico – where an estimated population of 4 thousand felines was accounted for – and the decrease in the rate of hunted jaguars

This species is endemic of the American Continent and is categorized by the NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 as an “Endegered Species”. In the CITES Convention it is enlisted under Apendix I and classified as “Almost Endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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