His name is El Jefe and he walks alone. For the first time, researchers were able to capture on video the only remaining wild jaguar in the United States.
El Jefe, the animal lives in Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains.
For the very first time, the Center for Biological Diversity and Conservation CATalyst have released video of the adult male.
Tracking and getting footage the elusive animal was years in the making.
Finally, with the help of a scat-tracking dog, a camera was finally in the right place of the right time. The release of the footage comes at a time when the animal’s environment is at risk of becoming a copper mine.
Not only would the development compromise El Jefe’s habitat, it would likely hamper efforts to increase the U.S. wild jaguar population.
Said Randy Serraglio, a spokesperson for the conservation group, “The Santa Rita Mountains are critically important to jaguar recovery in this country, and they must be protected.”