A female jaguar released in 2021 in the Ibera National Park gave birth to two wild-born cubs for the first time in 70 years in this wetland in northern Argentina, the animal rights organization said Thursday.
“The breeding of jaguars in the wild and the birth of new generations in the wild is a great signal for a project that aims to stop the extinction of this species and feeds hope for the restoration of a healthy jaguar population in Esteros de Ibera.” , a wetland of approximately 12,000 km2 in the province of Corrientes (northeast), welcomed Fundación Rewilding Argentina in a press release.
In recent weeks, a technical team has discovered that a female jaguar (Panthera onca) has remained in the same place, presumably to care for newborns.
The camera later confirmed two births, explained Magali Longo, coordinator of the Jaguar Reintroduction Center (CRY), located in the park.
The two cubs are the fruit of the union between Arami, born in CRY, and Jatobasinho, a Brazilian jaguar donated to the Argentine project in 2019 and released at the end of December. The union was made in the wild.
Jatobasinho was the eighth jaguar released by CRY last year, after three females and four cubs. All of them show typical behavior of wild animals, occupying territory and hunting for food.
“If the two newborns survive, which we will know in the coming weeks, the Ibera population will number ten jaguars in the wild,” said Sebastian Di Martino, Director of Conservation at the Foundation.
CRY has been operating since 2012 in the province of Corrientes, where the species has disappeared for 70 years.
It is estimated that between 200 and 300 jaguars remain in Argentina. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the jaguar, a typical Latin American cat, is critically endangered.