In support of International Jaguar Day
The decision to celebrate International Jaguar Day reflects a growing recognition of the importance of the jaguar as an icon for sustainable development in the Americas, and the health of our planet. It also represents the collective voice of jaguar range countries, in collaboration with national and international partners, to draw attention to the need to conserve jaguar corridors and their habitats as part of broader efforts to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
In March 2018 representatives from 14 range countries gathered in New York at United Nations’ Headquarters for the Jaguar 2030 Forum. This Forum resulted in the creation of the Jaguar 2030 Statement which outlined a wide range of internationally collaborative jaguar conservation initiatives, including the proposal to create an International Jaguar Day. Many range countries are also observing National Jaguar Day celebrations including Brazil, which has recognized the jaguar as its symbol for biodiversity.
Among the many voices that joined in this call for a Jaguar Day, was that of Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, co-founder and former CEO and Chief Scientist for Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization. Known with respect and admiration as the “Jaguar Man” and the “Indiana Jones of Wildlife Protection”, Alan dedicated his life to the study and protection of jaguars and other big cats.