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Projects in the Americas


Amphibian Ark

Location: Argentina

Supported Since: 2011

To promote the long-term conservation of the El Rincon Stream Frog (Pleurodema somuncurense) and other threatened and endemic species of the Somuncura Plateau in Argentina.

During 2021 the program greatly improved the research facility, making it much more productive. Because of this they were able to translocate almost 1,500 individuals born in captivity to three restored wild habitats where this species had previously gone extinct. Staff also were able to carry out extensive monitoring of released individuals, confirming they survived well in their new habitats.

Northern Jaguar Project

Location: Sonora, Mexico

Supported Since: 2012

The mission of the Northern Jaguar Project is to preserve and recover the world’s northernmost population of the jaguar, its unique natural habitats, and native wildlife under its protection as a flagship, keystone and umbrella species.

This project offers protection for the northern jaguar population across a region of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands where poaching and poisoning are immediate threats. The project develops long-term relationships with an expanding group of ranchers adjacent to the 58,000-acre Northern Jaguar Reserve to unseat long-held intolerances of predators and reward the presence of living wildlife. They also engage youth as conservation ambassadors with hands-on activities that get them outdoors to connect with nature.

Chacoan Peccary Project

Location: Paraguay

Project Since: 2018

Conservation management of the endangered endemic species as well as protection for Chacoan biodiversity.

In 2021 the program received two confiscated newborn Chacoan peccaries, both calves without their mothers, probably after being separated by poaching activities. To date, both are in good health and are in the process of gradual integration to a family group in in the Center. These two wild Chacoan peccaries will be of extreme value for the genetic diversity of the captive group. Also, important ecology and health data were obtained from the collared wild tapir, The program obtained valuable data from camera traps; cameras have recorded numerous tapirs and big groups of white-lipped peccaries, collar peccaries and one wild Chacoan peccary as well as a great diversity of small, medium, and large mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.

Monitoring Wolf Populations with Acoustic Methods

Location: Location: Haíɫzaqv Territory (Central Coast British Columbia, part of the region now commonly referred to as the “Great Bear Rainforest”, GBR).

Supported Since: 2022

To pilot Autonomous Recording Units (ARUs) to help establish minimum counts of wolves to provide a first baseline for densities in the area; continued monitoring will help to detect and understand changing trends in the future.

The project will provide a better understanding of wolf dynamics across this territory that will help to inform activities permitted across this area, ranging from specific protections (e.g., designating conserved areas) to modified approaches of resource use (e.g., modifying forestry operations based on importance to wolves and other local wildlife.

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