January 8, 2019

The Largest Cat Native to the Americas lives Today in La Guajira

With their characteristic grandness and elegance, a Jaguar, a species considered the largest cat native to the Americas was captured by one of the 36 camera traps installed by Cerrejón, within one of La Guajira’s tropical dry forests currently part of the areas rehabilitated by the company, where open-pit coal mining was carried out before.

Thanks to the monitoring of native species conducted by Cerrejón through its environmental programs, the behavior of biodiversity in the region is analyzed with the purpose of establishing action plans that contribute to their recovery, protection and preservation.  From 2016 on, it has been recorded the presence of five jaguars in the surrounding areas of La Mina, something that did not happen since 1976; this has become an indicator of the care and recovery of the zone’s tropical dry forest ecosystem.

A symbol of abundance and richness

The jaguar (Panthera onca), is the largest cat native to the Americas, and without any doubt, one of the world’s most emblematic and representative species not only due to their cultural, cosmological, economic and social value, but also due to the significance it has for the balance of ecosystems, the biological connectivity, and the health of the habitats they occupy.

They are strategic preservation elements considered key species that represent the balance and indicator of the ecosystems’ good health conditions. All these aspects make the jaguar a preservation tool that provides information on habitat changes, prey availability, water bodies, corridors functionality, as well as the main threats they face.

The jaguar’s survival is given by the permanence of these large extensions of connected habitat, where there is abundance of species for consumption, located away from threats such as the human being, that attempts against their survival.  In this fashion, it is promoted the health of ecosystems and the protection of this species, currently an endangered species.