Jaguar scat detector dogs in the Serra da Capivara and Serra das Confusões National Parks, Caatinga

The Caatinga, a semi-arid biome, is located in the northeast of Brazil. Very little is known about the ecology of this biome’s jaguar population. In November 2008, to improve our understanding of the feeding ecology, genetics and health of the jaguar population in the Caatinga, the Jaguar Conservation Fund (JCF) conducted an intensive jaguar scat collection with the help of trained scat detector dogs. This research was conducted in the Serra da Capivara and Serra das Confusões National Parks, Piauí state – JCF’s long-term research areas in the Caatinga.