Jaguars of the Northern Pantanal: Panthera Onca at the Meeting of the Waters details the lives and behaviors of this subpopulation of jaguars through one-of-a-kind photographs from 26 international photographers, as well as illustrations, maps, waypoints, scientific insights, field journal excerpts and personal narratives. The book seeks to understand how locals can coexist with these cats while benefitting financially through ecotourism. Users will find this book to be a conceptual model to apply to other subpopulations in order to save jaguars throughout North and South America.
It is an ideal resource for researchers and practitioners in wildlife conservation, naturalism ecotourism and biologists.
- Edited and supported by the Panthera organization, a leading, global non-profit dedicated to the education and protection of the world's large cat species
- Identifies individual jaguars and family connections, following them through time and lineage
- Provides new insights on how tourism impacts jaguars and their hunting behavior
- Examines the negative perception of jaguars in the region as ranchers start to see the financial benefits of ecotourism and the poaching culture becomes increasingly taboo
1. Introduction 2. Hydrophilia and Mercury 3. Identifying Individual Jaguars 4. Bite Force and Consumption of Prey 5. Prey Items 6. Territories, Population Density and the Jaguar Corridor 7. Wounds and Grooming 8. Mating, Cub Rearing and Natal Dispersal 9. Miscellaneous Observations and Information 10. Characteristics and Physiology 11. Flehmen Response and Scent Lures 12. The Scourge of Humans or Jaguars Have a Cow Problem 13. Jaguar Tourism 14. Laying Aside Fear, Embracing Beauty 15. Photographic Contributors and Contact Information
Paul Brooke is currently a Professor at Grand View University. Previously, he was a biologist for the Fish and Wildlife Service on the North Slope of Alaska, a naturalist for the U.S. Forestry Service on Lake Superior and at Wenatchee in Washington State. He is the author of four previously-published books, including on the wildlife and ecosystem of the Amazon and Pantanal region. His contribution of research for this book is the result of his completed sabbatical through Grand View University on Panthera Onca: Jaguars of the Northern Pantanal.
Paul Donahue is a naturalist, artist, photographer and environmentalist from California. He has been working in the South American tropics since 1972, and with jaguars in the northern Pantanal since 2007. During that time he spent six seasons working as the jaguar biologist/naturalist for local ecotourism operators. In addition to jaguars, he has worked extensively with South American birds, conducting avifaunal surveys, recording hundreds of hours of bird vocalizations, and leading many birding trips. With his wife Teresa he has constructed rainforest canopy walkways in Peru and Costa Rica, and built dozens of canopy observation platforms. The two have also conducted many guide training workshops in Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil.