First ever census of jaguars completed

(NEW YORK July 25, 2002) Using a methodology developed to count tigers half a world away, a team of scientists from the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society has completed the first-ever census of one of the world's most elusive big cats the jaguar. The scientists presented their findings at the annual meeting of the Society of Conservation Biology, which met in Canterbury, England last week.

The team looked at a population of jaguars living in the Cockscomb Reserve, a dense tropical rain forest in Belize, which WCS helped establish as the world's first jaguar reserve in 1986. Using a grid of remote camera traps set along game trails, the team followed a rigid statistical analysis to determine population density. They now estimate that 14 jaguars live in a 55-square-mile area a density of big cats comparable to some of the most productive tiger habitats in India.

According to the WCS scientists, the new methodology can now be applied to other areas throughout the jaguar's sprawling range from Argentina to the southwestern United States. It can finally determine not only how many cats are out there, but more importantly, where conservationists should focus efforts to preserve jaguar populations.

"Up to this point, scientists have based their efforts as to where to protect jaguars largely on anecdotal evidence," said WCS conservationist Dr. Linde Ostro, who along with her husband Dr. Scott Silver, conducted the Cockscomb census. "With this new methodology, conservationists can focus often limited resources in the best areas."

The camera trap methodology to census tigers began ten years ago in India, when WCS conservationist Dr. Ullas Karanth used the cat's stripe pattern -- unique to each individual -- to count animals captured on film. A jaguar's spotting pattern is also unique, which allowed Drs. Ostro and Silver to analyze how many animals frequented their study area.

"The methodology can be used for an

Contact: Stephen Sautner
Wildlife Conservation Society

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. First glimpse of DNA binding to viral enzyme
2. First clinical study of new pediatric croup vaccine shows safety, tolerability in adults
3. 2nd media alert First Scientific Conference on Childhood Leukaemia
4. First International Scientific Conference on Childhood Leukaemia
5. First ever standards linking climate change, biodiversity and poverty seek global peer review
6. First genetic comparison of purebred domestic dogs produces surprises
7. First time in the U.S.: Saint Louis University tests third-generation vaccine against smallpox
8. First target for childhood malaria vaccine
9. First study of resveratrol dietary supplement finds effect on breast and prostate cancers unlikely
10. First flavors form a lasting impression
11. STN International launches Derwent World Patents Index First View

Post Your Comments:

(Date:7/9/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... July 08, 2019 , ... ... company’s footprint in the biotechnology hub of Cambridge, MA. This expansion strengthens KMK’s ... primary market research , and sales force effectiveness consulting for the ...
(Date:6/24/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2019 , ... According to ... with one of the four most common STDs: chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis (or "trich") and ... reported that gay and bisexual African American men accounted for the largest number of ...
(Date:6/16/2019)... ... , ... Emtec, Inc.®, a global IT and management consulting ... CIO at the Healthcare Industry User Group (HIUG) Interact 2019 in ... President and Chief Information Officer, Lynne Briggs, will present Versiti’s Oracle Cloud Success ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/17/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... July 15, 2019 , ... CRISPR is ... that a certain trait can be removed, replaced, or edited, but Yiping Qi, assistant ... far beyond these traditional applications in his latest publication in Nature Plants. In this ...
(Date:7/11/2019)... VEGAS (PRWEB) , ... July 11, 2019 , ... At ... R3 provided complimentary regenerative therapies to eight military Veterans under the R3 Heroes Program. ... being complimentary. , The R3 Heroes Program allow anyone to nominate a military Veteran, ...
(Date:7/2/2019)... ... 2019 , ... Leading Regenerative Veterinary Medicine company, VetStem Biopharma , was ... The film focuses on regenerative veterinary medicine as a means of improving the quality ... in the Brentwood and Pacific Palisades International Film Festival in Los Angeles, California ...
(Date:6/18/2019)... ... 2019 , ... Personalized Stem Cells, Inc (“PSC”), a human adipose-derived ... for use of a person’s own adipose-derived stem cells to treat their osteoarthritis. The ... This IND is the first of several planned clinical trials which will enable ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: