Sitka Foundation Pledges $3.64 Million for Jaguar Corridor

Sitka Foundation Pledges $3.64 Million for Jaguar Corridor

Wild cat conservation organization Panthera has announced a C$5 million ($3.64 million) commitment over ten years from the Sitka Foundation to protect jaguars.

The gift from board member Ross J. Beaty and his family is the largest commitment to date in support of Panthera's Jaguar Corridor Initiative and will help secure the northern reaches of the corridor — a network of protected areas and human-dominated landscapes through which the jaguar travels from Argentina to northern Mexico. With a focus on building long-term capacity in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia, the gift will support efforts to create protected areas in Colombia's San Lucas Range and Nicaragua's Awaltara Territory; increase the patrolling of the Laguna de Terminos Natural Protected Area in Mexico, the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve in Nicaragua, and the Jeanette Kawas National Park, Cusuco National Park, and Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge in Honduras; reduce the depredation of livestock and retaliatory killings of jaguars on ranches across Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia; secure government recognition of jaguar corridors in Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico; and ensure that development projects in the corridor are wildlife friendly, including dam and highway projects in Costa Rica.

"My family and I are pleased to support Panthera and its critical mission in Latin America," said Beaty, founder and executive chair of Alterra Power Corp., a Canadian clean energy company. "While the conservation challenges in the focus areas are vast, so are the opportunities, thanks to the groundwork that Panthera has laid. No one is better positioned than Panthera's world-class team to implement the innovative, collaborative solutions that are so urgently needed. We are proud to be associated with this sweeping effort to save the jaguar and the incredible biodiversity that hinges on its survival."