Planning to save a species: the jaguar as a model

Sanderson, Eric W. and Redford, Kent H. and Chetkiewicz, Cheryl-Lesley B. and Medellín, Rodrigo A. and Rabinowitz, Alan R. and Robinson, John G. and Taber, Andrew B. (2002) Planning to save a species: the jaguar as a model. Conservation Biology, 16 (1). pp. 58-72.

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    International conservation planning at the end of the twentieth century is dominated by coarse-filter, supra-organismal approaches to conservation that may be insufficient to conserve certain species such as the jaguar Panthera onca). If we are to retain broadly distributed species into the next century, we need to plan explicitly for their survival across their entire geographic range and through political boundaries while recognizing the variety of ecological roles the species plays in different habitats. In March 1999 the Wildlife conservation Society sponsored a priority-setting and planning exercise for th3 jaguar across its range, from northern Mexico to northern Argentina. Field scientists from 18 countries reached consensus on four types of information: 1) the spatial extent of their jaguar knowledge, 2) the know, currently occupied range of jaguars, 3) areas with substantial jaguar populations, adequate habitat, with a stable and diverse prey base, and 4) point localities where jaguars have been observed during the last 10 years. During the exercise, these experts also conducted a range-wide assessment of the long-term survival prospects of the jaguars and developed an algorithm for prioritizing jaguar conservation units occurring in major habitat types. From ths work, we learned that the known, occupied range of the jaguar has contracted to approximately 46% of estimates of its 1900 range. Jaguars status and distribution is unknown in another 12% of the jaguar’s former range, including large areas in Mexico, Columbia, and Brazil. But over 70% of the area where jaguars are thought to still occur was rated as having a high probability of supporting their long-term survival. Fifty-one jaguars conservation units representing 30 different jaguar geographic regions were prioritized as the basis for a comprehensive jaguar conservation program.

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      Additional Information: 42) Jaguar Proj; feature C. M. Miller Belize data
      Keywords: mapping GIS Cocoyoc Mexico experts JCU JGR range-wide assessment tiger
      Subjects: (A) Biodiversity > (AG) Mammals > (AGB) Carnivores
      Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3D) Other or Unspecified
      Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2010 06:00
      Last Modified: 13 Dec 2011 10:16

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