Puma patrol

This time it is not the black jaguar stealing the show in our trap camera, but a beautiful puma passing through our reserve. We shot a great video of it, showing natural behaviour, as it stopped right in front of the camera. We also filmed other animals.

Pumas are most active at dusk and dawn. However, they will roam and hunt at any time of the day or night and in all seasons. Pumas eat a variety of foods but rely heavily on deer where available. Pumas climb well and are excellent jumpers. Its powerful limbs allow it to jump to heights of 5 or more.

Black jaguar

For those hoping to see more footage of the rare black jaguar that we filmed in our area: it did not show up in or camera this time. On average it visits out reserve every 3 to 6 months.

Jaguars with melanism (a.k.a black jaguars) are very rare, at about six percent of the population. At best, only an estimated 15,000 jaguars remain in the wild and if this number is correct, only 900 of these would be black.

The range of a male jaguar depends on the density of prey in the forest and can reach up to 360 km2. The main threats to jaguars in Ecuador are habitat degradation and loss due to various human activities. The black jaguar showed up four times so far in our trap camera.

Wildlife monitoring

Other felines show up regularly in our cameras too, as well as various Andean bears and many other mammals such as coatis and tayras. With a tapir spotted last year, the Merazonia reserve seems to be in good shape and we will do our best to keep it that way!

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