The jaguar is the largest cat in the new world and ranges from northern Mexico to northern Argentina. Despite this large area, jaguars have been extirpated from 40% of their historic range and are considered ‘Near Threatened’ by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. I have worked with jaguar experts across 18 countries to conduct a Range-Wide Priority-Setting exercise that assessed the current state of the species throughout its range and identified priority areas for conservation. This exercise identified 90 jaguar populations with varying population sizes, levels of threat, and habitat quality. I also modeled jaguar corridors between these populations to identify important areas of connectivity across jaguar range. This work has resulted in the largest corridor initiative for any species on the planet, The Jaguar Corridor Initiative.
To assist with site-based conservation across this vast range, I conducted a priority-setting exercise that identified the corridors that were most important for maintaining jaguar connectivity across jaguar range, as well as the most threatened corridors. Corridor conservation requires working with a variety of jurisdictions, land owners, and land use practices. To this end, I have helped broker multi-lateral conservation agreements for jaguars and implement a wide array of site-based corridor conservation work.