Cockscomb Basin, Belize

The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize is part of a nature reserve and national park system that protects more than half a million acres of tropical forest.
Dr. Alan Rabinowitz of the Wildlife Conservation Society began work to study and protect jaguars there in the mid-1980s, and today Drs. Scott Silver, Linde Ostro and their team continue to expand that program.

Using camera "traps" equipped with an infrared sensor to photograph animals as they pass, information on the movements, identification and activity of jaguars can be recorded without physically capturing the animals.
Of course, other warmblooded animals activate the cameras as well. Much can also be learned about the forest ecosystem through these "accidental captures."
To learn more about this and other WCS Jaguar Conservation Program projects in Belize, click here: Monitoring Jaguars in the Cockscomb Basin
Jaguar Track Measurements
Jaguar and Prey Monitoring
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