Pictures emerged this week of jaguars prowling Argentina’s Iberá Wetlands for the first time in 70 years.
They were driven out of the region in north-east Argentina by hunters however, they have now returned after conservationists released a mother and her two cubs as part of an ongoing reintroduction programme.
“We are not only restoring a population where the species became extinct, but also we are learning how to reproduce and prepare jaguars to be reintroduced in the wild,” Agustín Paviolo, of the National Research Council of Argentina, told Mongabay. “We expect that this experience could serve to lead the way of jaguar recovery in many regions of America.”
A senator representing Corrientes province, Sergio Flinta, said he is pleased that the local community has become so supportive of the jaguar reintroduction program.
“In truth, what excites me the most is the reaction of the people of Corrientes when they found out about the news,” Flinta told Mongabay in an audio message in Spanish. “They have closely followed the whole process, it really generates a sentiment of belonging, to regain the identity of Corrientes.”