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Conservation CATalyst is the only organization in the world devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world’s 38 wild cat species, not just the big ones. Since cats are top predators, if we can conserve them we are protecting the millions of species of plants and animals within their habitats. 

All of Conservation CATalyst's projects focus on gaining novel scientific data on wild cats while at the same time helping local communities with which they coexist. What differentiates us from other scientific organizations is that we translate these data to develop engaging curriculum and outreach programs. By centering on cats, we inspire people to get excited about science and nature.    

Together, we are making the world a better place for cats and people!
                   Research & Education

Amazing New Arizona Ocelot Video

 of Lil' Jefe

Conservation CATalyst released a stunning new video of an exceedingly rare wild ocelot currently inhabiting the United States. Captured by remote sensor cameras just north of the U.S.-Mexico border, this extraordinary footage provides a rare glimpse of one of North America’s most mysterious wild felines. These invaluable videos document a wild ocelot (affectionately referred to as Lil’ Jefe – the ‘boss-elot’) acquiring all the necessary resources he needs to survive and thrive in Arizona, and they are vital for northern ocelot recovery.  This is the first ever publicly released trail camera video of an Arizona ocelot, and it comes at a critical point in this cat’s conservation.     

Learn more about Sonoran Ocelots

Lil' Jefe  

the Boss-elot

 Students at Manzo Elementary in Tucson, Arizona named one of the rarest cats in the United States, an endangered Sonoran ocelot residing in the mountains of southeastern Arizona.  The name Lil' Jefe (a.k.a. ‘the Boss-elot’) was overwhelmingly selected.  This is the first time an American ocelot has been officially named. 
Learn more about Sonoran Ocelots

  Arizona Jaguar 
killed in Mexico

We are thrilled to announce the arrival of a
new  jaguar
in Arizona
(March 2017)

Another new jaguar has been photographed in southeast Arizona, the third detected in the state in the past year and a half. The animal was captured on a Bureau of Land Management trail camera in the Dos Cabezas Mountains, about 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Learn more about American jaguars and help conserve wild cats like this jaguar.

Conservation CATalyst's American jaguar research was featured as the cover story of the October 2016 Smithsonian.  

Click here to read the article

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Conservation CATalyst collects the first video footage of the only known wild jaguar that resides in the US
 Jaguars are an important part of North American fauna but were effectively removed in southwestern states by predator eradication campaigns.  Fortunately, jaguars continue to occasionally disperse into Arizona from Sonora, Mexico.  The biggest threat to jaguars in America is habitat destruction, primarily from open pit mines (such as the Rosemont Copper Mine).  The primary threat to jaguars in Mexico is illegal killing. 
This jaguar (called El Jefe) was born in Mexico but has spent his entire adult life in Arizona. 

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American Jaguars

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