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Panthera Project Launches at Costa Rica’s Rain Forest Adventures
Behold, the elusive jaguars of Costa Rica who the rainforest roaming by night. With the launch of the Panthera Project by Rain Forest Adventures Costa Rica Atlantic, cameras now capture these majestic (and endangered) jungle cats during their nocturnal outings. All this is part of a larger mission – to save the jaguar.
Rain Forest Adventures Costa Rica Atlantic, an eco-adventure park and wildlife conservatory, teamed with the Panthera Organization and University of Costa Rica for the Panthera Project. Designed to gain genetic information on jaguars in the Central Volcanic region of Costa Rica, it will run through August
Cameras throughout the Rain Forest Adventures Costa Rica Atlantic park capture nighttime movements of the stealth jaguar, helping determine population and corridors used for food. A valiant canine named Google (after the search engine) collects stool samples.
Jaguar populations are dwindling, due to logging and lack of prey. The species is on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, categorized as near threatened and deemed endangered in Costa Rica. The Panthera Project seeks to prevent mating “between families”, further weakening their genetic variation. Stronger genetics means less vulnerability to diseases, climate change and extinction. The project will also try to connect jaguars from northern Mexico to northern Argentina, allowing freedom of movement and hunting.
Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Atlantic is an expansive 475-hectare (1,200-acre) private eco-adventure park, located 50 miles from San Jóse. It shares a 10 kilometer border with Braulio Carrillo National Park, and constitutes a buffer zone between the park and local farmland. Zip lining, birding tours, hiking trails, an aerial tram, Butterfly & Frog Garden and Serpentarium snake museum highlight the experience. www.rainforest-adventures.com