Thursday, May 27, 2010

Kitty's in the Neighborhood

What can I say, it is always nice to see the jaguar known as Kitty Carlisle. And here she is, moving fairly rapidly, through the Bajo Trail intersection at Chan Chich Lodge. She's made regular appearances near the Lodge with a portfolio dating back to 2004. I keep hoping sometime she'll bring her offspring by the camera (since she's almost certainly had young every other year or so), but it hasn't happened yet.

Female jaguars, as it turns out, are fairly secretive and not photographed as often as males by the camera traps. This is borne out with my own data, and that of colleagues. Still, on occasion, I've met a researcher who has shown me camera trap photos of young jaguars in their study area -- I'm envious! It hasn't happened here yet although there are plenty of eye witness reports (sadly, I am not among those that have seen a jaguar cub). At any rate, clearly the Kitty feels confident in the Chan Chich neighborhood to venture out during all hours.

6 comments:

  1. Carolyn,

    Really enjoying your posts. Thanks.

    Tony

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  2. Hey Tony, thanks for the kind words. I'm really having a lot of fun with this. Hope all's well down Dangriga way.

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  3. Awesome Carolyn. Great to see this cat out and about at 3:30 in the afternoon. That gives us hope of spotting one in a couple months. Can't wait,

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  4. Yes, it is really exceptional that the jaguars are so confident here as to appear mid-day, only a couple hundred meters from the Lodge. I hope this will be your year for the jaguar.

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