Big Cat 'Grand Slam'

Posted 10-02-09 at 12:46 PM

For the last several months our 10 infrared, motion sensitive cameras have been busy recording base line information on Felidae within a five-mile radius of Blancaneaux Lodge. The study area covers pine ridge, the broad-leaf/pine ridge transition zone and the moist tropical broadleaf forest (jungle) of Noj Kax Meen Elijio Panti National Park.

The data gathered by Blancaneaux Lodge will supplement the Jaguar, Puma and Ocelot density research data gathered by Dr. Marcella Kelly of Virginia Tech who in turn contributes to the WCS Jaguar Conservation Program for the Americas.

We were incredibly excited at the end of March when our cameras captured not one, but two margay’s on film. Then at mid-afternoon on the 22nd of April we completed the Felidae ‘Grand Slam’ when a jaguarundi tripped a camera along one of our trails.

Images are in the process of being analyzed to determine how many individuals of each species we have within our five-mile radius study transect. Preliminary research indicates three or four individual jaguars are present.

In addition to the five cat species, our cameras have recorded Baird’s Tapir, coatimundi, kinkajou, gibnut, Red Brocket deer, Great Currasow, Collared Peccary and groups of Ocellated Turkey.

While on jungle treks or night walks our guests have also recently observed Mexican Porcupine, Mexican Black Howler Monkey, Tapir, Agouti, Stygian Owl and a rare Rufous Morph Vermiculated Screech Owl.

For more information on our wildlife treks, birding excursions and how we’re contributing towards the conservation of the Maya Forest through research: or 1-800-746-3743

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