November 18, 2019 | By:

Help us expand the Northern Jaguar Reserve Today!

From the Northern Jaguar Project

Help us expand the reserve and provide a home for young jaguars

Dear Friends,

This is a glimpse of Suki and her cub El Chetuviri on our motion-triggered cameras earlier this year. El Chetuviri is the fifth cub we have photographed. We have known his mom for seven years; she is a matriarch among this endangered population.

These big cats need even bigger spaces where they can roam free from harm. The Northern Jaguar Reserve offers the protection that is key to their survival.

To date, we have purchased five ranches, reducing poaching, retaliatory killings, and the loss of habitat. Today, we have our sights on other properties that are critical for a continuing jaguar population.

We need your support *right now* to acquire new land for Suki, El Chetuviri, and jaguars young and old.

You may remember our last purchase, Babaco I, a known hotspot for jaguar activity, including female and cubs. With abundant wildlife, diverse vegetation, and sweeping views, the only access to its companion, Babaco II, is through the reserve.

The 2,750-acre Babaco II ranch is vital to keeping poachers out.

We will soon purchase Babaco II. The down payment has already been made. We need to raise $15,000 to finalize the deal and secure this valuable habitat. Land in Sonora has become more expensive over the years, yet the peso-dollar exchange rate has also dramatically shifted, meaning that for now every dollar stretches further.

Land near the reserve still averages $45 per acre.

The down payment for Babaco II has been made. We need to raise $15,000 to finalize the deal and secure this valuable habitat.


We are working to create a permanent base of operations in Sahuaripa that will provide space for community meetings and youth activities, an office, natural history museum, storefront to feature local artisans, and living quarters for interns and staff.

We have outgrown our current, rented location and are considering a large house with an inviting courtyard, mature fruit trees, and ample off-street parking. Your gift can make this acquisition happen, a positive action within this rural community.


This is an opportunity to save a piece of nature forever and have a lasting impact for endangered, wide-ranging cats. We appreciate your generosity and enthusiasm for this wild place and its inhabitants, now as much as ever.

Donate online here.

Many thanks for your support!

—Megan “Turtle” Southern, NJP Coordinator

P.S. If you live in Tucson, join us on Tuesday, December 3rd – Giving Tuesday – from 6:30 – 8:00 for “A Year of Jaguars” at REI Tucson. Details and reserve your seat here.


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