June 8, 2012
-- Camera traps rigged by Panthera, an organization that strives to protect jaguars and other big cats, captured the following stunning views of elusive jaguars as they wandered through a palm oil plantation in Colombia. The aim was to find out what impact Colombia’s growing oil palm plantations has on jaguars.
Palm oil plantations have been springing up world wide, particularly in huge tracts of forest, where thousands of animal and plant species live or forage.
Said Panthera's Jaguar Program Executive Director, Howard Quigley, “Our data suggest that plantations can be part of a landscape mosaic that jaguars will use. But careful planning that avoids large-scale replacement of forest with huge palm oil areas will be essential if we want to avoid the kind of isolation that tigers now suffer.”