A tour guide filmed a jaguar in Foz de Iguazú National Park, located on the border between Argentina and Brazil. After 15 years of working there, the man was visibly delighted to see him for the first time.
The episode happened last Thursday around 9:30 a.m., when Luiz Mora, a Brazilian tourist guide made his usual visit inside the park that connects the province of Misiones to Foz de Iguazú. There he detected the presence of the jaguar and he didn’t hesitate to pull out his cell phone to record the moment.
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The animal was a few meters from the road that leads to the Iguazú Falls, 500 meters from the Macuco Safari. During filming, Mora said, “I’m very excited, after 15 years of working as a tourist guide, I was able to see the yaguareté. Until today I had only seen videos and heard stories from tourism friends saying they had seen the animal here before.
When he approached the yaguareté, who was playing at the edge of a forest, he slowed the car and drove slowly past. A few seconds later, the animal seemed to detect the presence of the man and plunged into the forest.
The jaguar, an endangered species that takes refuge in the northeast of Argentina
the Jaguar It is in danger of extinction in Argentina. The country is estimated to have a population of between 200 and 250 wild individuals. In the province of Corrientes it disappeared more than seven decades ago, and in 2021 the species began to be reintroduced thanks to the release of the first eight specimens.
Smalla female jaguar donated by a Uruguayan institution, joined last Wednesday the center for the reintroduction of this endangered species in the Iberá National Park, managed by the Rewilding Foundation.
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Eight reintroduced specimens roam free in the park, which managed to survive the fires that devastated much of the province of Corrientes last February and affected a significant extension of the natural park.
The fires affected 60% of the national park and more than 13% of the Iberá Provincial Park. “Fortunately, when the fires were affecting the area known as San Alonso, where the free jaguars are located, the rains started which finished extinguishing the fire. 15% of this sector has been burned”, reviewed the Foundation on its Instagram account.
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After several days of research and after reviewing the cameras, the foundation confirmed that “All copies are in perfect condition and they continue to fulfill their very important role as top predator in the Iberá.