The Jaguar Conservation Fund (JCF), known in Portuguese as the Instituto Onça-Pintada (IOP), was founded in June 2002 by a group of researchers with a strong background in work dedicated to the jaguar species. Its mission is “To promote the conservation of the jaguar, its natural prey and habitat throughout the species’ geographical range, as well as its peaceful coexistence with man, through research and conservation strategies”. The largest part (48%) of the jaguar’s geographical distribution, which extends from northern Argentina to the southwestern United States, lies within Brazil1. However, although nationally considered endangered, until the founding of the JCF, there were few programs focusing on conservation of the species. Today, JCF is the only NGO (non-governmental organization) dedicated exclusively to promoting the conservation of the jaguar. It is currently implementing scientific research in four Brazilian biomes (Amazon, Cerrado, Caatinga and Pantanal) and supports partner organizations in the Atlantic Forest.
Research topics include long-term population monitoring for jaguars and their main prey species, and management programs are designed to address the conflict between the predator and humans, especially livestock ranchers. The cultural, educational and social character of JCF’s projects contributes not only to conservation of the jaguar but also to biodiversity and reduction of the effects of global warming. In order to facilitate contact between non-Brazilian supporters/sponsors and JCF activities in Brazil, the Jaguar Conservation Fund – US was founded in 2004 as a 501©(3) non-profit organization.
Read an interview with Leandro Silveira, President of the Jaguar Conservation Fund.
1 Sanderson E. W., Redford K. H., Chetkiewitz C. B., Medellin R. A., Rabinowitz A. R., Robinson J. G. e Taber A. B. 2002. Planning to Save a Species: the Jaguar as a Model. Conservation Biology 16 (1), 58-72.