Can you spot Sebastian?
In 2012 GVI entered into partnership with Panthera Costa Rica and independent researcher Stephanny Arroyo-Arce to further develop its existing ‘Jaguar Project’. Started in 2005 to monitor the jaguars of Tortuguero National Park and their predator-prey interaction with marine turtles, this project has documented several unique behaviour previously unrecorded for this species.
Using specialised camera-trapping systems designed to capture high-resolution images, Sebastian spent two weeks at GVI’s Jalova Research Station working with staff and representatives of Conservación del Jaguar en el Noreste Caribeño de Costa Rica, the project founded by Stephanny Arroyo-Arce, and past GVI Jaguar Project Manager, Ian Thomson. The objectives were to install custom camera traps on sites of predation events to document the jaguar population of Tortuguero feeding activities on species of marine turtle.
Camera trapping is an invaluable tool available to scientist and the general public allowing them to document species without the need to capture animals, or disturb them through direct observation. When conducted correctly, this method of observation can be considered one of the least invasive, providing incredibly accurate data that can be reviewed and interpreted multiple times. Today’s modern camera traps are remotely activated cameras, based around passive infrared (PIR) system. These systems are able to take pictures and videos 24 hours a day.
During Sebastian’s visit, he brought three of these systems to Jalova, and over the course of his two week stay installed them on two trail locations as well as five instances of turtle predation by jaguars. We are happy to announce that with the support of GVI and Conservación del Jaguar en el Noreste Caribeño de Costa Rica he was able to fulfil his assignment for Panthera and captured several striking images of this cryptic species before returning to the United States.
We wish Sebastian all the best and recommend you check out his web site Puma Pix to see all the excellent work he has done to promote wildcat conservations (also the amazing pictures he has) and look forward to Panthera publishing the images from Jalova in the future.
GVI Costa Rica
Our Jag team!