Revista de Biología Tropical ISSN Impreso: 0034-7744 ISSN electrónico: 2215-2075

Jaguar conservation in the American continent: the role of protected landscape and human-impacted biomes


conservation planning
human biomes
Indigenous People’s Lands
jaguar conservation units
jaguar movement corridors
Panthera onca
protected areas
áreas protegidas
biomas humanos
tierras de los pueblos indígenas
unidades de conservación del jaguar
corredores de movimiento de jaguares
Panthera onca

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Torres-Romero, E. J., Ceballos , G. ., Botello, F. ., González Rojas, J. I. ., Giordano, A. J., & López-Bao, J. V. (2023). Jaguar conservation in the American continent: the role of protected landscape and human-impacted biomes. Revista De Biología Tropical, 71(1), e50507.


Introduction: Worldwide, expanding human activities continue to be a threat to many large-bodied species, including jaguars. As these activities continue, it is critical to understand how home range sizes will be impacted by human-modified landscapes. Objective: To evaluate the importance of protected and unprotected land on home-range size across their range. Methods: We used home range data from 117 jaguars in several habitat protection categories and human biome types. We used a Generalized Linear Mixed Model to test home range and spatial overlap with conservation categories and human biomes. Results: Most home-ranges were in Jaguar Conservation Units (62 %), followed by Protected Areas (21 %), Indigenous People's Lands (10 %) and Jaguar Movement Corridors (3 %), where 76 % of the jaguars lived inside one the first three conservation types. However, outside of conserved land, Rangeland, Cropland, Seminatural land and other human biomes were also important (24 % of the individuals). Jaguars in Rangeland, Cropland and Seminatural land had the largest home ranges. Conclusions: Although conservation land was dominant, human-impacted lands appear to play a considerable role in satisfying the spatial requirements of jaguars.


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