Amazon Jaguar Conservation

Contribute to the preservation of the elusive jaguar with Tropical Tree Climbing
amazon jaguar conservation

Project Info

Project Description

The jaguar (Panthera onca) is the third largest cat in the world, after the tiger and lion, but it is the largest feline in the Western Hemisphere. During the 1960’s and 1970’s, the jaguar was heavily hunted for its beautiful coat. As many as 18,000 wild jaguars were killed each year until the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of 1973 brought the pelt trade to a near halt. Today, jaguars continue to be hunted due to conflict with humans who live in fear of them, or view them as a threat to their livelihoods.

To conserve a specie, it is necessary to understand its biological and habitat requirements, as well as factors that threaten its survival. With this objective the Tropical Tree Climbing in partnership with the WCS – Wildlife Conservation Society and coordinated by Emiliano Ramalho, researcher responsible for our Amazon Jaguar Conservation Project, will develop this project focusing on jaguar population monitoring and ecological research in strategic areas of the township of Presidente Figueiredo, located 107 km north of Manaus, Amazon, Brazil.

Availability: May-Oct
Departures: On Demand
Guide to Guest Ratio: 1:6

Program Highlights

Contribute to the conservation of the endangered jaguar, whilst living and working in the largest tropical forest of the Planet, the Amazon Rainforest. In the last century jaguar populations have retracted to less then 50% of their original historical range and populations are continuing to decline and disappear. The Amazon Rainforest is the last stronghold for jaguars.

During your stay, you will be part in one of the few jaguar research and conservation projects in the Amazon, the Amazon Jaguar Conservation – Tropical Tree Climbing. There, you actively participate in conservation and research activities, leaving your contribution to the survival of the jaguar in the long run.

You will be searching for jaguar signs, setting up camera traps to monitor the jaguar population of the area, and monitoring radio tagged jaguars with VHF telemetry receivers.

Even though jaguar related activities will consume most of your time, during your stay you will have a chance to interact with local people and experience the luxurious fauna and flora of the Amazon Rainforest. A unique environment, know for its abundance of live and beautiful scenarios. Not to mention training with experienced researchers across a wide variety of subjects and methods that will add to you toolbox to further develop professionally in the field.

Demographic and ecological data will be collected through camera traps, direct observation and radio-telemetry. Biological samples will be collected from jaguars to inform genetic and epidemiological analyses. Through radio-telemetry techniques, the jaguar’s home range will be estimated for females and males. This is the first jaguar study in this region of the Brazilian Amazon. Through camera traps, jaguar pictures will be obtained and individuals will be identified in the area. The project aims to monitor the jaguar population in the region, identifying possible population trends (growth, stability, decrease) over a number of years, an important aspect in understanding the conservation status of the species.

Journey Highlights

> Getting a chance to live in the Amazon Forest
> Enjoying life at the research station; learning about wildlife and their habitat
> Seeing unique wildlife, endemic and protected species
> Joining the research team to undertake research inside a protected area
> Exploring the wonderful country of Brazil

During you experience in Amazon Jaguar Conservation – Tropical Tree Climbing you will live in our base near Presidente Figueiredo in Amazonas state. Under the canopy of the luxurious Amazon Rainforest you will sharpen your research skills collecting important data. Through the processing, analysis, and recording of data, you will also get to grips with the technical aspects of field-based research. Making lifelong friends, and invaluable contacts in the research world, you will live on our small but comfortable base with fellow volunteers, forging a tight-knit group experience you will never forget.

Time-Line of the Amazon Jaguar Conservation Project

Estimated start of our first field project: first quarter of 2017. Upon receipt of the required funds, we will immediately start our field operations. It will generate factual results of our first field-project which can be shared with our contributors and sponsor-partners.

Phases of the Project

To realize and monitor the entire environmental protection area, basically 3 phases can be distinguished:

1. Analyzing – Planning – Research – APR.
2. Involving local communities, landowners and farmers.
3. Monitoring the corridor zone once protected.
4. Mapping Project (MP).

Once the Mapping Project (MP) has been completed, it will become easier for the Tropical Tree Climbing to generate funds for our other challenging tasks, supported by ecotourists from around the world though jaguar related research activities will be a main part of their activities. This project intend to serve as a model for sustainable conservation and can be replicated throughout the Amazon.

How this project makes a difference:

Tropical Tree Climbing’s data goes out to national and international organisations, is presented at international conferences, and is used in species and area management policy development.

Tropical Tree Climbing works with local partners such as Wildlife Conservation Society and Maminarua Institute for Sustainable Development.

Jaguar conservation efforts have been successful in recording new and useful data about jaguars and their habitats that is being used worldwide to restore declining jaguar populations.

TTC’s data goes out to national and international organizations, is presented at international conferences, and is used in species and area management policy development.

Jaguar conservation efforts have been successful in recording new and useful data about jaguars and their habitats that is being used worldwide to restore declining jaguar populations.






How you can Make a Real Difference

With your support we’re helping conserve of the elusive jaguar in one of the following ways:

– Giving Programs: You can support our efforts by making a donation to deploy one hundred camera traps to provide our scientists with critical data needed to monitor individual cats and larger wild cat populations and provide field supplies to monitor the activities of jaguars, including gps collar, radio telemetry equipment, and more. We’ll have more news very soon, there are a number of ways you can help us succeed. Your contribution is tax deductible.

– Voluntourism (Coming Soon!): Spend your trip volunteering in the Amazon Jaguar Conservation Project.

– Traveling: one of Tropical Tree Climbing’s experiences to Amazon Rainforest, and a portion of each trip cost is donated to the Jaguar Research Program initiative.