Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Good News: Record number of jaguars found in Bolivia

The Wildlife Conservation Society has announced today the findings of a new digital camera capture survey. In one of the most biologically diverse landscapes of Madidi National Park , Bolivia 19 individual jaguars have been identified. Jaguars, similar to tigers all have individual markings so one cat can be recognised from another.

A series of cameras were set up along paths within the forest as well as along rivers and streams. These 19 individuals were identified from 975 photos taken by new camera technology that replaces film cameras with digital ones. The survey also revealed an abundance of spider monkeys, white-lipped peccaries and giant otters who were captured on camera as they passed an infra-red beam.

This information proves valuable in creating effective management plans for the species rich area which is also a key tourist attraction for Bolivia. Similar surveys are planned by the WCS in more remote, surrounding areas.

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