The Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina (FVSA), the country representative of WWF in Argentina, recently celebrated the increase of the jaguar population in Misiones, a province located in the northeastern corner of Argentina. New figures released in the latest monitoring study of the species in 2016 showed that between 71 and 107 jaguars live in the jungle. This is a significant increase from similar studies carried out in 2005 (a range of 30 to 54 jaguars) and 2014 (a range of 51 to 84 jaguars). The newest figures were determined by monthly analyses of photographs obtained with camera traps in 2016.
The increase of the jaguar population has been the result of joint and inter-institutional work between FVSA, other organizations and public institutions that work for the conservation of the species.
Since 2002, scientific research on the species has been strongly promoted and supported by FVSA. They helped draft the Jaguar Conservation Action Plan, which was approved by the National Parks Administration in 2012, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Missions in 2014 and other key partners. Awareness-raising campaigns and environmental education material were designed and implemented to address some of the threats that the species is experiencing.
These actions are part of the Action Plan for the Conservation of Jaguars, a strategy developed and agreed upon by organizations and institutions that work in the care of the species in the Misiones province, and whose main objective is to reach a stable population of 250 jaguars.