Jaguar cubs are born in Argentina

The first jaguar was born in the woods, where it became extinct 70 years ago

The jaguar was born in an Argentine wetland 70 years after its extinction from the region.

The tigers were bred in the green and humid Ibera Park in northeastern Argentina after a successful rehabilitation programme.

Overjoyed conservationists released animated video footage from a wildlife camera showing a parent walking down a road with a cub in its mouth.

The jaguar was born in an Argentine wetland 70 years after its extinction from the region. The cubs were born in the humid and green Ibera Park in northeastern Argentina after a successful rehabilitation programme.
Argentina Reconstruction Fund / Zinger

The species, which the International Union for Conservation of Nature classified as “nearly threatened,” disappeared from the area seven decades ago.

Ibera Park is one of the major wetlands in South America, and recent jaguar births herald the return of its largest predator.

In a joint statement obtained by Zenger News on Thursday, Tompkins Conservation and Fundación Reilding Argentina said: “Camera trap footage reveals the birth of the first Jaguar (Panthera onca) in the wild to rebuild Argentina in the 1.8 million-acre Ibera Park.

“Their parents were released last year: Jatobazinho, a rehabilitated wild jaguar from Brazil, and Arami, the first jaguar cub born in 2018 at the Jaguar Wetland Reproduction Center.”

Sebastian de Martino, Argentina Recreation Program Director, explained: “The rebuilding program seeks to restore the ecological function of wetlands by bringing back lost species.

“As the top predator, the jaguar plays a key role.”

Jaguar Arami and Gato in Argentina
Arame and Jato, jaguars who owned their cubs in Ibera Park, were seen on a wildlife camera in 2017. Aramee was the first jaguar cub born in 2018 at the Jaguar Reproduction Center before being released into the wild and continuing to breed.
Argentina Reconstruction Fund / Zinger

The statement continued: “In Argentina, jaguars have lost more than 95 percent of their original range.

“The Jaguar Program, which began in 2012, has successfully launched eight Jaguars into the Ibera Park.”

“One of South America’s largest and most important watersheds, the Ibera wetland suffered massive devastation in February 2022, when wildfires destroyed 10 percent of Corrientes province, including 60 percent of Ibera National Park.

“Rebuilding, which helps restore natural processes, is an essential tool in helping wetlands become more resilient to climate disasters.

“Major species, such as the largest cats in the Americas, play an essential role in the structure and functioning of ecosystems; their return restores health and safety, essential components that help mitigate global loss of biodiversity, climate change and the emergence of epidemics.

“In Ibera, wildlife viewing opportunities are also helping to create jobs through nature-based tourism.”

“I am thrilled by the news that one of the two original jaguars born in the Ibera breeding project has completely new cubs,” said Kristen Tompkins, Head of the Tompkins Conservation Organization and United Nations Patron of Protected Areas.

Jaguar cub in the Argentinean wilderness in front of the camera
The jaguar was born in an Argentine wetland 70 years after its extinction from the region. The cubs were born in the humid and green Ibera Park in northeastern Argentina after a successful rehabilitation programme.
Yaguarete-Ceiba-Conicet Project / Zenger

“With tigers now successfully breeding in the wild, the species is well on its way to recovery.”

The jaguar is found from northern Mexico south to northern Argentina, but was previously known to inhabit Texas and New Mexico.

Their preferred habitat is usually swamps and wooded areas, but they also live in badlands and deserts.

There is the largest known population in Amazon Tropical forest.

Threats to this species include habitat loss and fragmentation, booty hunting, illegal trade in body organs, and retaliatory killing due to livestock loss.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zinger news.

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