Forty years since they’ve been seen with any regularity in the United States, jaguars have recently been spotted crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. This is good news to conservationists working to create a permanent home in the feline’s native range—a corridor that stretches from Mexico to Argentina. But the task is not as simple as setting land aside. While camera traps and satellite tags gather crucial population data, sensitive political battles are waged with private landowners and governments. The truth is, aiding predators is a hard sell. Wild Chronicles follows one man’s attempts to save the largest cat in the Americas, and discover what scientists are hoping will allow jaguars, and the people that share their land, to thrive.
Approximately how much jaguar habitat has been lost to human development?
The proposed "jaguar corridor" would stretch from Mexico to Argentina. Where is the most critical area of the corridor?
How large can a jaguar of the Pantanal grow?
Why do ranchers oppose the proposed jaguar corridor?
What health statistics do scientists measure in a captive jaguar?
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry big cat Noun
large predators, including tigers, lions, jaguars, and leopards.
natural or artificial line separating two pieces of land.
Encyclopedic Entry: border conservationist Noun
person who works to preserve natural habitats.
system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.
large spotted cat native to the Americas.
animal that hunts other animals for food.
satellite tag Noun
device attached to animals that can track their movement using satellites and GPS technology.
species range Noun
native, geographic area in which an organism can be found. Range also refers to the geographic distribution of a particular species.
Encyclopedic Entry: species range thrive Verb
to develop and be successful.