Until the early 80’s little was known about the ecology and conservation of the jaguar, that’s why specialists together with the federal government initiated a series of strategies and actions towards the jaguar’s conservation in Mexico.
1987 Jaguar hunting banned
1994 The species is included in the list of endangered species (SEDUE, 1987; SEMARNAT, 2010)
2000 The National Technical Advisory Subcommittee for the Jaguar Conservation and Management was founded; it is a technical advisory body of the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT, for its acronym in Spanish) integrated by representatives of the academia and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s). Its mission was the development and implementation of the Priority Species Recovery Program (PREP, for its acronym in Spanish) laying the groundwork for promoting the participation of government agencies and the society in order to achieve the jaguar´s conservation in Mexico.
2009 To consolidate and implement the proposed actions in the Program (PREP) and others considered of relevance, the Action Program for Jaguar Conservation in Mexico (PACE jaguar) was created. Among its objectives was to identify threats and actions needed as well as expected goals in the short and medium term for each priority region for the jaguar´s conservation in the country (CONANP, 2009).
2005 The Declaration of “The Jaguar´s Year” in the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, Campeche. One of the most important activities under the jaguar´s year setting was the development of the first symposium called “The Mexican Jaguar in the 21st Century: Current Status and Management” (El Jaguar Mexicano en el Siglo XXI: Situación Actual y Manejo) where more than 40 specialists in the study of jaguars from universities, non-governmental organizations, the federal government and private initiative gathered.
From this symposium arose a series of symposia called: "The Mexican Jaguar in the 21st Century" in which concrete actions have been identified such as updated information on the distribution of jaguars, population size and abundance of its prey throughout the National territory. Thats how an ambitious project called "The National Jaguar Census" (CENJAGUAR) was created. For the development and implementation of the CENJAGUAR meeting and regional workshops have been conducted such as the "I South Pacific Regional Work Meeting and Photo Trap Workshop for the National Census of Jaguars and its prey" in March 2008, with the assistance of researchers and specialists.