Last month took me on an emotional roller coaster ride. Our efforts to create a wildlife corridor encountered both tragedy and hopeful news.
In a heart-wrenching incident, one of our cherished jaguars was shot and killed by a neighbouring cattle ranching family. The family claimed self-defense, alleging that the jaguar had charged at them. The Environmental Police accepted this assertion but I certainly don’t. The loss of such a magnificent cat saddened me deeply.
Adding to the sorrow, a majestic male tapir was also killed. However, a glimmer of justice emerged in that case. The Environmental Police apprehended the perpetrators in the act of butchering the tapir and smoking its meat. Their guns were confiscated and charges have been filed. On a positive note, the meat was donated to a nearby orphanage.
Despite the heartbreak, these incidents underscore the critical nature of our work in the valley. I am more determined to raise funds to secure additional land, safeguarding these endangered creatures from the threat of firearms.
Amidst the challenges, a beacon of hope shines through. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters from December’s Jaguar Corridor fundraising campaign, we have purchased an additional 100-acre land parcel from an individual known to hunt on his property. We view this as a strategic step toward stopping further senseless killings of endangered species.
Now more than ever, I implore you to join us in our mission. Your support is crucial to expanding the lands under our care and protecting the species that live there.