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Saving the Serranía de San Lucas, a vital link in the ‘jaguar corridor’

01 / 09 / 2017, Mongabaycom News

The “jaguar corridor” is a historic link that runs from Mexico all the way down the spine of Central America, crossing the inhospitable wilderness of the Darian Gap, through Colombia and into the Amazon basin – the last stronghold of the species. Colombia links Central America to the rest of South America; zooming into the country brings you to the Serranía de San Lucas, a high and isolated tract of biodiverse forest that conservationists say is vitally important if jaguars are to have longevity as a species. But the forest is also rich in much more than biodiversity, creating widespread illegal gold mining that has disturbed its forests and polluted its waters. Despite covering three continents and spanning 18 countries, the jaguar is just one species. That’s due to a historic thoroughfare that has connected populations for hundreds of years, allowing individuals to wander, breed and maintain genetic connections. In Colombia, the 110-kilometer Serranía de San Lucas is an integral part of the Jaguar Corridor, a bridge that connects the jaguars of the north with those in the Amazon Basin. Dr. Esteban Payan of Panthera describes it as the “key stepping stone” between these populations, which allows a continuous flow of genes. He said maintaining this connection is necessary to protect jaguars in the long-term, a time period Payan measures in the hundreds of years. The jaguar (Panthera onca) is listed by the IUCN as Near Threatened at a global level. However, a study released earlier this year in the…

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