Jaguar Revalorization and Management in Captivity Program (PReMYCA)
Aware of the current critical situation of Jaguar (Panthera onca) wild populations in Argentina and the potential contribution to improve in ex situ conservation, where zoological establishments play a major role, the Jaguar Network approaches these in order to coordinate the implementation of, aimed at achieving goals with regard to the preservation, welfare and management of the species, as well as education and training in joint tasks.
Establishments zoos play an important social role through education and dissemination of conservation of natural resources among the visiting public. This is where the captive specimens can begin to play the role of “ambassadors” of their wild relatives, contributing their share of the revaluation of the species among the population and creating awareness about their current situation in the natural environment.
Also, the management of the captive population is important for the conservation of the species in the country. Optimization of management and welfare in captivity supported by in situ information, allow individuals to develop solid programs containing adequate genetic diversity for possible reinforcements in areas where wild populations are critically diminished or as missing.
If this program is successful, the captive existence of these magnificent specimens begin to take on a new meaning.
The PReMYCA consists of the following subprograms:
Animal Welfare subprogram
It aims to improve the living conditions of the captive Yaguaretés through optimization enclosures and environmental enrichment. See more.
Stud Book Argentino Subprogram
It is a record of all Jaguars living in captivity in Argentina. Each one has its individual record in which all relevant data, including relationships, sons, establishments were they have been, etc. See more.
Education and Outreach Subprogram
We seek to enhance education and outreach activities among visitors to the establishments, through signs, developing interpretive brochures for visitors, to provide information about the species and also enrichment work or handling carried out on site. See more.
Genetic Management Subprogram
The objective of this subprogram is to assess and/or develop possible benefit of captive individuals in relation to potential future actions to strengthen wild populations. See more.