Exciting photos captured by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife cameras in Arizona give proof of a jaguar near the Rosemont mine site in Arizona. Listed as an endangered species, the jaguar sighting brings hope of the its survival in the United States.
The FCF, Feline Conservation Federation, states "It has been just over two decades since the SSP concept was initiated and there are about a dozen feline species managed in Species Survival Plans by AZA zoos. (Lion, three sub-species of tiger, Amur leopard, cheetah, clouded leopard, jaguar, snow leopard, ocelot, sand cat, fishing cat, black-footed cat, Pallas cat, Canada lynx.) However, none of the feline species are allotted the amount of cage space needed to function in a sustainable manner according to the plan." The FCF further explains the importance of captive breeding outside AZA zoos to ensure species survival since there is limited cage spaces allotted in zoos. The ocelot, also native to Arizona, was once kept frequently by private owners until changes in regulations made it extremely difficult, thus eliminating many viable sources of breeding cats.
The individuals knowledgeable through years of experience is dwindling due to the move toward banning many of these animals from the private sector. This leaves many species little chance of survival in the future. The jaguar captured on camera is likely a lone young male.