Tulum, Q.R. – An agreement has been signed with Ecology and Environment to help with jaguar conservation in the state of Quintana Roo.
The agreement is a collaborative effort between private and federal departments of the state and the town of Tulum that will see the region of Xcacel-Xcacelito, an area where most jaguar sightings are reported, protected. The signing of the Cooperation Agreement will allow specific protection, monitoring, research and environmental education of the jaguar throughout the state.
Scientific researcher, Marco Antonio Lazcano Barrero, CEO of Reserva Ecológica El Edén, says that according to a recent census by UNAM Mexico, there are more than 4,400 jaguars living in the country and that more than half of them live along the Yucatán Peninsula. He adds that at least one quarter of the Yucatán jaguar population are found in the jungles of Quintana Roo.
The agreement was made between the state government through the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (SEMA), El Eden Ecological Reserve, Akumal Ecological Center (CEA) and Xel Ha Promotora SA de CV.
The jaguar is a threatened species in Mexico. Factors such as poaching, forest fires and rural and urban growth have seen their numbers decline. This latest agreement will work in coordination with the National Alliance for the Conservation of Jaguar to ensure the preservation of the endangered species.