Saladero Eco Lodge and the Wild Cat Monitoring Program
Saladero Eco Lodge has worked directly with Osa Conservation since 2014 on their Wild Cat Monitoring Program. The Wild Cat program is located in southwestern Costa Rica. This area is one of the last areas in Central America that can still sustain big cats.
The lodge helps by purchasing and placing camera traps around their property. The cameras monitor the cats and the animals considered prey that support the survival of the large cats. As part of the Wild Cat Monitoring Program the Lodge collects information on the footprints, as well as photographs/videos. This information is sent to Osa Conservation every three months for input into their Wild Cat Monitoring Program.
The Wild Cat Monitoring Program includes other lodges, private property owners and other organizations. Therefore The Wild Cat Program can obtain a much better idea of the wild animal population and also the general health of the primary rain forests.
There is an abundance of food sources for the large cats. The cats are the top predators, so this would be an indication of a healthy ecosystem. Certainly this is the hope of the Wild Cat Monitoring Program.
In February 2018 over 240 cameras were put in position to try to figure out how many jaguars are left in the area. The area includes the Osa peninsula, Corcovado National Park, Los Mogos area, Piedras Blancas National Park, as well as the Golfito Reserve. In June 2018 all of the cameras will be collected. Hopefully the information collected will give a better idea of how many Jaguars are left.
Submitted by Saladero Eco Lodge