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NEWS ADVISORY: Defenders of Wildlife to Release New Report on U.S. Jaguar Recovery

Defenders of Wildlife to Release New Report on U.S. Jaguar Recovery

Defenders of Wildlife’s new report on jaguar recovery, Bringing El Tigre Home, will provide an overview of jaguars in the U.S. and the ecological, economic and aesthetic benefits of their recovery. There are several current and potential challenges to recovering this elusive species, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) lack of commitment to jaguar recovery in the U.S. and the Trump administration’s proposed border wall. In Bringing El Tigre Home, Defenders puts forth recommendations for FWS, the stewards of endangered species recovery, to bring the big cat back to its homelands in the U.S. Southwest.

Dr. Rob Peters, Southwest senior representative for Defenders of Wildlife: If the U.S. is truly willing to support jaguar recovery, we could bring jaguars back home.”

Join Peters on a call to discuss U.S. jaguar recovery and what you should expect from Defenders’ new report.


Tele-Press Briefing with Defenders of Wildlife on Bringing El Tigre Home


Southwest Senior Representative for Defenders of Wildlife Rob Peters


Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. ET


Participant Dial in Number(s): 1-877-876-9175



Long considered extirpated in the U.S., native jaguars have been naturally reappearing in the U.S. Southwest over the past few decades. These sightings of solitary jaguars have renewed the urgency to recover jaguars in suitable habitat in the U.S. In December 2016, FWS released a draft recovery plan for the species that would do little to establish resilient, robust jaguar populations in the U.S. Southwest. To strengthen this plan, Defenders asks FWS to include all suitable U.S. habitat in the big cat’s designated recovery area, including habitat north of Interstate 10; to protect important movement corridors so jaguars can cross the border and travel freely to all U.S. habitat; and to fully evaluate strategies to bring female jaguars to the U.S.


For more information, contact Defenders of Wildlife Communications Associate Catalina Tresky at 202-772-0253 or ctresky@defenders.org

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