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Guyana to sign historic jaguar conservation agreement – 23rd Jan 2013

shot0002The Government of Guyana and Panthera, the world’s leading wild cat conservation organization, are expected to sign a major agreement on Thursday to protect Jaguars here.

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding will establish an official commitment to undertake conservation initiatives that ensure the protection of Guyana’s National Animal.

An education programme would help locals to see the value of conserving the Jaguar.

In addition, it is hoped that the initiative will also lead to fewer conflicts between humans and jaguars.

Several legendary big cat and wildlife experts are in Guyana for the signing ceremony, including Panthera’s Vice President, known as the father of wildlife conservation,who has just completed an exploratory expedition of Guyana’s Rupununi and Rewa Rivers.

Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Initiative seeks to link core jaguar populations across the jaguar’s range within human landscapes, from Mexico to Argentina, to preserve the species’ genetic diversity. Today, Guyana serves as one of 18 Latin American countries that is home to the jaguar, and one of 13 countries in which Panthera is conducting jaguar conservation initiatives. The signing of this agreement represents the fifth MOU that Panthera has signed with a Latin American Government. Through multilateral partnerships, Government support, and local buy-in, Panthera is the driving force behind this initiative. Saving jaguars range-wide is seen as a winning strategy for conserving vast landscapes and ecosystem functions, and preserving human health and livelihoods.

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