Through the “Eyes of the Jaguar” we envision enduring natural landscapes for Arizona and New Mexico


NEWSFLASH: The Amazing “Sombra” in Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains, 2017

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) is surely relieved that Sombra is not a female. Otherwise, it would face more public demand to conserve the jaguar rather than merely document the lone males seen living in the state the last few decades.

AGFD, of course, does not want jaguar recovery. It regards jaguar presence as an inconvenience, an annoyance. Read this Arizona Daily Star editorial on the matter.

Meanwhile, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, which bears the responsibility to restore America’s endangered wildlife, sleepwalks through the process of creating a “jaguar recovery plan,” which it was forced to develop by legal challenges to its ongoing neglect of our great cat.

There is a jaguar recovery plan forthcoming, a grossly deficient one, to meet legal requirements and not much more. Besides, as Steve Spangle, head of the Service in Arizona said, “if agencies or individuals choose not to follow it, that’s perfectly their right.”

The future of the jaguar in the US Southwest looks rather bleak at the moment. We pray that the handful of jaguars here are safe and healthy. We can only hope that the border wall, promised by the Trump administration, is never completed, and that maybe, just maybe, a female jaguar makes it here from northern Mexico on her own. Otherwise, we’ll have to await a new and enlightened generation of wildlife decision makers that genuinely care about all wildlife, include large natural predators.


Biologists Challenge Feds on Jaguar “Recovery” Plan. Read their Commentary in the  Arizona Republic, Apr 27, 2017.

NEWSFLASH: The jaguar is finally getting a “recovery plan” after two decades since being placed on the U.S. Endangered Species list. But don’t jump for joy just yet! Read these important comments by Dr. Tony Povilitis, who submitted the original petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to have the great American cat protected in the U.S.

Almost beyond belief, the Service’s draft “recovery plan” doesn’t even require jaguars to be present in Arizona, New Mexico, or anywhere else in the U.S. Dr. Povilitis, of Life Net Nature, reviews the agency’s long neglect of the jaguar and explains what must now be done to bring this magnificent cat home!

Screen Shot 2017-03-21 at 2.12.06 PMArizona’s latest jaguar, photographed by remote camera, November 2016, some 60 miles north of the border. He or she is the third jaguar documented in Arizona since late 2012. Photo source AGFD.

U.S. Holds Key to Recovering the Jaguar in its Northern Range

 Read our column in the Arizona Daily Star (Tucson)

This jaguar lives in the mountains south of Tucson, Arizona. The photo was taken with a trail camera, as part of a University of Arizona study. Jaguar night vision is enhanced by a well-developed reflective layer in the eye, thus the magical radiance of light off the jaguar’s face.  image003

Why won’t the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service bring back the jaguar? See our comments on its revised critical habitat proposal (Aug. 2013)

May 2013: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service admonished for sloppy recovery standards for endangered wildlife

Hurdles for the Jaguar: New York Times article, Jan. 23, 2013
Jaguar Needs Room To Roam but federal plan offers too little
GOOD NEWS:  Regional Partnership May Help Protect Jaguar Habitat
URGENT to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Get going on jaguar recovery in the U.S.! Current “recovery outline” falls way short
Jaguar chased for 2 miles in Arizona…then the mountain lion hunter pulled his dogs off when he feared they might  get hurt…Click here for details.
Join or follow discussion group: “Habitat Fragmentation and Endangered Species Recovery in the US Southwest: How to engage the US Fish & Wildlife Service?”
A Habitat Connectivity Work Group for Cochise County (AZ). Help protect key wildlife movement corridors, including those for the jaguar. Contact Tony Povilitis for details.


Jaguar Recovery Report Card for 2011: 
The US Fish & Wildlife Service needs to improve its grades!
A special Task Force to protect habitat linkages for endangered wild carnivores of the Southwest
Areas of remaining open space and natural vegetation  occurring between our mountain ranges are vital to the conservation of not only the jaguar but also the Mexican wolf and ocelot. These animals must roam widely in order to survive. Check out our Google map of Jaguar Habitat Linkages.
If development continues to destroy these key natural areas, our three magnificent wild carnivores will be lost and other wildlife will suffer. Here are updates on our effort to trigger a Connectivity Conservation Task Force for Endangered Carnivores of the Southwest:
December 10, 2011 – Kaput? 
June 22, 2011Habitat Connectivity Task Force is up and running…!
May 7, 2011 – Why a special task force is needed… 
December 16, 2010 – Field trip triggers call for special habitat Task Force…
June 25, 2010 – Campaign invites policy makers with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on field trip to view destruction of jaguar habitat in Arizona

News from 2010:
May 24, 2010 The Service replies to the Citizens’ Statement supporting jaguar recovery: What’s good, what’s not, what’s next?
Jaguar supporters arrived at Arizona State Capitol by Bicycle on Earth Day
Pedaled 350 miles from US-Mexico border
Garnered 350+ Citizen Endorsements for jaguar recovery
Jaguars  comically depict habitat problems: highway headaches and border fence. Also, very cool Jaguar Bike-A-Thon video.
In January, 2010,the US Fish & Wildlife Service announced it will prepare a federal recovery plan for the jaguar and a proposal to protect its critical habitat in the U.S.  Jaguar conservation advocates have long pushed hard for this historic policy change.
With your voice in favor, the Service’s decision can lead to a first class program to restore the jaguar as a native species of the U.S.  See our Campaign’s recommendations to the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
Campaign biologists help the US Fish & Wildlife Service identify critical jaguar habitat.
But…official’s comments cast shadow over agency’s intent to recover the jaguar. Read more

The Citizens’ Statement of Support for Recovering the Jaguar

Read the Citizens’ Statement to the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Please send your endorsement to Dr. Tony Povilitis email: tpovilitis@lifenetnature.org Please include your name, organization or business you represent (if any), and address.
Arizona Daily Star OP-ED points out why there’s still hope for the jaguar
Albuquerque Journal OP-ED argues for jaguar recovery plan
Earlier Campaign News
Jaguar policy:
Our Boston Globe editorial that helped change US jaguar policy
Capture Debate: Campaign to US Fish & Wildlife Service: “Prohibit jaguar captures by the Arizona Game and Fish Department”
US Fish & Wildlife Service to Campaign (June 2010): We will allow more jaguar captures, despite the Macho B tragedy.
See second letter from the Service (June 11) and our follow-up comments (June 25)
See related news story – Arizona Daily Star
Lawsuit filed to protect jaguars from capture. Take action to help end the practice.


Make Parks, Not Walls! Dear President Obama, instead of a wall-like fence that harms jaguars and undercuts American values, how about an International Wildlife Conservation Area along our border with Mexico?

Obama on the Fence: Read about the Administration’s current position on the border fence.

Our summer 2009 UPDATE on the Border Fence

A Challenge to the Arizona Game and Fish Department: PROTECT JAGUAR HABITAT

Arizona Game Official Rebuked Over Polarizing Comments

Asia has its tiger and Africa its lion – right here at home the jaguar is our big cat to protect and restore!

BRINGING TO LIGHT THE JAGUAR’S PLIGHT: Border fencing blocks the jaguar, and a huge open-pit mine is being proposed for jaguar habitat! Meanwhile, runaway land development further encroaches on critical habitat linkages

THINGS TO ROAR ABOUT: American Society of Mammalogists speaks up for the jaguar. Arizona workgroup on track! A wilderness proposal would help jaguars, a National Forest Plan revision might, and a county plan and a private reserve in nearby Mexico will.


Cat-Against-The Wall



CorridorDesign: Check out excellent information for county planners, landowners, conservationists of all stripes (and spots).

  Jaguar News from Brazil. It’s all about jaguars as endangered animals that historically lived from southern South America to the southern USA. See the October ’08 issue for an article by the Jaguar Habitat Campaign.Who says jaguars don’t occur in the USA desert: Is this video clip a fake?

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LAST EDITS: Sep 16, 2017

11 Responses to “Welcome!”

  1. Linda Dills Says:

    Thank you, Tony Povilitis, for your inspiring and hopeful article in Arizona Daily Star. I too hope for jaguar recovery.

  2. Renee Barbaree Says:

    Dear Tony,
    Its people like you that help make changes happen.
    Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to this effort to help save this beautiful animal.
    See you in Oracle.

  3. Wendy Forster Says:

    What a magnificent animal. You must not lose it.

  4. Sally Jay Says:

    What an amazingly beautiful animal, I dont trust humans I hope they don’t end up harming the Jaguar.

  5. Lauren G. Zarate Says:

    Hi. I found your page and was surprised that there are still jaguars in the United States. I live in San Critobal de Las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico and we are also concerned for the survival of our remaining jaguars in our rapidly depleted jungle. Here in Chiapas, we have an annual contest of painted Jaguars that is helping to increase an awareness of the jaguar plight and of the environment. This is the 3rd year of the contest and it will be inaugurated on July 31st in Comitan, Chiapas. The 30 Jaguars will be on display for 2 weeks in Comitan, 2 weeks in San Cristobal de Las Casas (in the main square) and 2 weeks in Tuxtla Gutierrez. The jaguars are then auctioned and all the proceeds go to a charity. The web page of Jaguarte is currently being revised and may not function correctly yet. The person in charge of Jaguarte is Erika Limon or Maria Fernanda (e-mail: jaguarte@gmail.com). I am also one of the artists and have compiled a CD of all the jaguars painted from 2009. If you would like to receive it I will send you one. My jaguar this year is the “Lord of the Frogs” and I wish to increase awareness for the disastrous situation of the world’s frogs as well as for the Jaguar.

    I commend your wonderful work to save the jaguars of the United States.
    Sincerely yours, Dr. Lauren Zarate

    • jaguarhabitatusa Says:

      Hello Dr. Lauren – Muchas gracias for your message. It is great to learn about the annual jaguar art contest in Chiapas, and congratulations to all for an such an exciting and meaningful community approach. Yes, please do send us a CD of the 2009 art (I’ll contact you by email with a mailing address). Maybe it will inspire a “copycat” event here in our US Southwest-northern Mexico bioregion! And of course we would love to see the 2010 jaguar artwork as well.

      We hope Chiapas conservationists will be very successful in their efforts to protect the jaguar and its habitat. A colleague of mine recently returned from an international wildlife conference in Bolivia that featured a seminar on jaguar. The message was “every jaguar population is important!”

      All best wishes,

      Tony Povilitis, PhD
      Jaguar Habitat Campaign USA

  6. Ariel Hessing Says:

    I will be running the Tallahassee Marathon February 3rd, 2013 exclusively on behalf of U.S. charities, including Save the Jaguar and other big cat rescue funds. The project to reintroduce the Jaguar to North America is very important to all of us, and I hold the project close to my heart. I will be running another marathon on Jan 20, so this will be a tough race for me.

  7. JP Says:

    Hey Tony,

    How did you EVER come up with the idea to do a bike-a-thon??

    Yer bud,

    John Pafford

  8. jaguarhabitatusa Says:

    John – Thank you again for being on that great Bike-A-Thon we did for the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear back in 1984: Yellowstone Park to Wash. DC! And thank you for the reminder!

  9. Gabriella Says:

    Jaguars are awesome we should like, do more to help

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