The jaguar population of Mexico increased by 20% from 4,000 in 2010 to 4,800 in 2018 thanks to a national strategy to protect the species. That strategy includes preserving wildlife areas and providing funding to livestock owners for cattle losses as well as for electric fences to prevent predation to begin with. “When [local people] have the funding and incentives to protect the forest, they become the most important ally,” says Ronaldo Goncalves Morato, head of the National Predator Center in Brazil. Additionally, protecting areas favored by jaguars also protects other species and ecosystems in those areas.

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