USA: El Jefe, the only known wild jaguar in the United States Needs help – Can You Support ?



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Dear Mark,

He’s magnificent. This week the Center for Biological Diversity and our partners at Conservation CATalyst released video footage of El Jefe, the only known wild jaguar in the United States. It’s the first publicly released footage of this amazing cat — and it’s stunning.

But this cat is also under serious threat.

Ever since El Jefe was discovered in southern Arizona in 2011, the Center has been fighting to provide him and any other jaguars that might arrive with protected habitat vital for their survival. In 2014 we secured more than 750,000 acres of federally protected critical habitat for jaguar recovery in Arizona and New Mexico. But powerful mining interests want to construct a massive copper mine right in the middle of El Jefe’s home range, and we need your help to stop them.

You can support the Center’s work to protect El Jefe from development that will destroy his home with a gift to the Center’s work today.

Jaguars once roamed from Louisiana to California, but were wiped out in the United States in the past century. The last female was killed in Arizona in 1963, but since then male jaguars such as El Jefe have periodically dispersed north from Mexico to claim new territories in the mountains of New Mexico and Arizona, where jaguars lived for thousands of years. We hope that El Jefe — named after the Center organized a voting contest among Tucson schoolkids and others — will be a pathfinder for the return of jaguars across their historic range. But this will never happen if El Jefe is killed or driven back across the border by the massive Rosemont copper mine project, which seeks to build a huge open pit and bury thousands of acres of public land with toxic mine waste in the heart of his habitat. This project will cut off the most viable corridor for jaguars to return to America.

That’s why we need your help. We’re watching out for El Jefe and taking on the Rosemont mine — we have a plan to stop this disaster before it happens.

The Center is headquartered in Tucson, and we’re all thrilled that the only known wild jaguar in America is in our backyard. But we’ve got to protect his home and save space for other jaguars to come. You can help by making a contribution today to the Center’s crucial work.

For El Jefe,

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity

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