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30 April 2014

Rio Bravo Update: Big Cats Thriving

Photos taken from camera traps in the Rio Bravo Conservation Management Area (RBCMA) in Belize show that jaguar and puma populations are thriving and are amongst the healthiest and most abundant in all of Central America.  As top predators, jaguars and pumas help prevent overgrazing of rainforest vegetation by keeping their prey populations (including deer, tapir, and gibnut) in check. Researchers from Virginia Tech have mounted more than 40 camera traps at the RBCMA to track jaguar density.

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