Visitor Counter

hitwebcounter web counter
Visitors Since Blog Created in March 2010

Click Below to:

Add Blog to Favorites

Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

Subscribe via email to get updates

Enter your email address:

Receive New Posting Alerts

(A Maximum of One Alert Per Day)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Over a 5 year period in the Pantanal section of southern Brazil, a study determined that encouraging Jaguars to exist on ones ranch is a boon for the bottom line.........The Fazenda Sao Francisco Ranch sought out tourists and charged them for a possible chance of seeing a Jaguar in the wild.......The Ranch reaped nearly $500,000 in ecotourism revenue during this period while only losing about $18,000 due to Jaguar predation on cattle.............USA Ranchers,,,,DO THE MATH!...........Diversify into wildlife viewing while simultaneously carrying on your ranching operation and wolves, pumas and Griz can be financial allies for you!


Live jaguars can be worth considerably more for ecotourism than they livestock they kill, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation in Bonito, Brazil.

Henrique Concone, a biologist with the wildlife conservation group Pró-Carnívoros, and Fernando Azevedo analyzed revenue generated from night tours at Fazenda Sao Francisco, a ranch in the southern Pantanal in Brazil, and compared it with losses caused by jaguar predation. They found that during a five-year period, revenue from nearly 12,000 night tour participants amounted to $497,000, while the loss of 44 head of cattle from jaguar attacks cost the ranch $18,444.

Jaguar photographed in the Pantanal region of southern Brazil

Concone said that while there are no guarantees tourists will spot a live jaguar, the relatively high probability of seeing one (24 percent on a given night tour, reflecting the high density in the area) is enough to keep them coming to the 140-square-kilometer ranch.

The study suggests tourism offers a substantial return positive return relative to the risks of maintaining a healthy wild jaguar population. The research didn't account for revenue generated by other tourism-related activities at the ranch, including food, lodging, and day-time tours.

The findings are significant because ranchers are a leading cause of jaguar mortality in the Pantanal and the Amazon. An economic argument may be the most effective way to convince ranchers not to kill the big cats.

No comments: