Three students from the *University of East Anglia* (UEA) arrived in Belize this week to carry out research that will benefit wild *Jaguars*. The research projects are part of their MSc studies in Applied Ecology and Conservation. Working with a local Belizean organisation, *Programme for Belize* (PfB), who owns and manages a 252,000 acre reserve in northern Belize, the students will be looking at:

· The economic benefits to the local communities of conservation · The effects of vegetation type on the prey species of the Jaguar and Puma · The effects of logging on Jaguar prey

Jaguar illustration © Bruce Pearson

Jaguars once roamed free from Texas to Argentina, but are now extinct over much of their former range. However, Belize is a stronghold for Jaguars, and while they are difficult to see, their footprints are often spotted in the reserves.

*Jaguar Cars* has been supporting conservation in Belize for over 10 years, and their latest grant is to the *World Land Trust* (WLT), who has initiated this imaginative joint programme with PfB and UEA. The results of the investigations will help with the long term goals; to ensure that sufficient income is generated to pay for the conservation, and that local people are able to derive significant benefits.

*More information*

For further details, read the press release Jaguar Cars support Belize conservation. More information on WLT’s project in Belize can be found on the Trust’s projects pages.