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Jaguars in the Atlantic Forest, which spans Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, have doubled in number to 200 in last 15 years. Jaguar numbers may have doubled in 15 years in the south-western part of South America’s Atlantic Forest, monitoring by conservationists has found. Research using camera traps at more than 200 sites, which took more than 440,000 photographs last year alone, shows a slow recovery in numbers since initial studies in 2005. The big cat is threatened by loss of habitat to farming and development, as well as illegal hunting of its prey and conflict with farmers, in the Atlantic Forest, which spans Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Research Efforts across the three countries by WWF, Fundacion Vida Silvestre Argentina and local partners are focusing on habitat loss, poaching of jaguars and their prey, and reducing conflict between the big cats and local people. The regular monitoring by researchers based at institutes in Brazil and Argentina found that in 2005 there was an estimated population in the south-western region of the Atlantic Forest of 30 to 54 individuals. By 2014 that had risen to between 51 and 84, by 2016 it was 71 to 107, and the latest figures estimate […]

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