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  •  Eleven!!!! (12+ / 0-)

    Seeing a jaguar in the wild is almost the pinnacle of my wife's wildlife wish list (tiger would be number one) so I think we are guaranteed to be heading down there.

    For comparison - at Tiputini in Ecuador one of my students asked the senior guide (aged about 65 and lived in the area his whole life) how many times he had seen a jaguar.  He thought for a minute and answered 30.

    Did you travel independently the whole time?

    "We are normal and we want our freedom" - Bonzos

    by matching mole on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 07:21:16 AM PST

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    •  The first 10 days, we were with a tour (10+ / 0-)

      We saw the Jaguars during this time. The Pantanal has become well-known for Jaguars. The cats have become habituated to people in boats on the rivers (all of our sightings were from boats) after many decades of sportfishing by Brazilians and, more recently, international wildlife safari tourists. The cattle ranchers in the area have, generally, come to recognize the value of tourism on the local economy though there are still reports of Jaguars being shot when a rancher has evidence of a cat killing a cow or horse. In fact, many of the pousadas (inn or hotel) along the Transpantaneira are active or former cattle ranches. There are cattle and horses every where in the Pantanal.

      On the river, the various tour operators communicate with each other when Jaguars are sighted so most of the time, there are multiple boats at a given location with the sound of digital cameras clicking away as a Jaguar does its thing. It is pretty spectacular. We got to watch one cat hunting, even ducking under a vine-covered tree to inspect a Giant Otter den. The sounds that came from under the tree were blood-curdling! We coulnd't see what was happening because of the thick cover but the Jaguar was unsuccessful - he continued down the river bank empty-handed.

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      by tgypsy on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 08:18:27 AM PST

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