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Validation of the Calakmul–Laguna de Terminos corridor for jaguars Panthera onca in south-eastern Mexico

  • Mircea G. Hidalgo-Mihart (a1), Fernando M. Contreras-Moreno (a1), Alejandro Jesús de la Cruz (a1) and Rugieri Juárez-López (a1)

Abstract

The fragmentation of jaguar Panthera onca populations as a result of habitat loss is considered to be one of the main challenges for the conservation of the species. Corridors have been proposed as a means of maintaining connectivity and the long-term viability of jaguar populations. The corridor that connects the jaguar conservation units of Calakmul and Laguna de Terminos in Mexico has been considered to be a link for the movement of individuals between these units but its functionality had yet to be verified. During 2012–2014 we divided the corridor into four sections, where we used camera traps to verify the corridor's functionality. We obtained 106 photographs of jaguars, proving the presence of jaguars (including resident jaguars and females) in three of the corridor sections. We did not record any individuals in more than one section of the corridor. The presence of several resident jaguars and females throughout the corridor suggests that portions of the corridor should be incorporated into the Calakmul and Laguna de Terminos jaguar conservation units. Nevertheless, to confirm that the corridor is fully functional it is necessary to obtain evidence of movement of jaguars among the various sections of the corridor. Our results suggest that the area should be included in regional conservation strategies.

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Validation of the Calakmul–Laguna de Terminos corridor for jaguars Panthera onca in south-eastern Mexico

  • Mircea G. Hidalgo-Mihart (a1), Fernando M. Contreras-Moreno (a1), Alejandro Jesús de la Cruz (a1) and Rugieri Juárez-López (a1)

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