New habitat connectivity model for jaguar released

New habitat connectivity model for jaguar released

The CSP team develops new maps of potential jaguar habitat connectivity that are suitable for transportation and conservation planning in the borderlands region.

A group of CSP scientists — Dave Theobald, Vincent Landau, Meredith McClure, and Brett Dickson — has crafted a habitat connectivity model for jaguars in a study area that focuses on northern Sonora and southern Arizona. This model builds on previous work by the Wildlife Conservation Society but expands the study area and uses data that is significantly higher in resolution. The map generated by this model indicates that a substantial amount of potentially suitable jaguar habitat likely extends north of Interstate 10 within Arizona and New Mexico. It also provides information about the potential pathways jaguars use to move across the Sonoran landscape.

To learn more, click here to download the report Potential jaguar habitat and structural connectivity in and surrounding the Northwestern Recovery Unit (9.4 MB PDF)

The model and maps of suitability and connectivity will be made publicly available from Databasin within a few weeks.