Our friends at the Caiman Ecological Refuge in the Pantanal, South America, sent us through this fascinating footage of a female jaguar, named Chuva, with her brand new cub. Jaguar expert and guide, Helder Brando, tells us a little bit more about this special creature.
“On the eve of another campaign of the Onçafari Project at Caiman Ecological Refuge for recording and monitoring of new jaguars, the jaguar matriarch made an unexpected appearance.
The first jaguar captured was named as Rain (Chuva) and after four months of the campaign and monitoring of its living area, this beautiful female appears at one of our camera traps. She has appeared many times, but on March first, the month of women, Rain (Chuva) surprised everyone when she stoped right in front of the camera and then was followed by her young cub.
This female jaguar is perfect for us. She lives between our two lodges, very close to the main house of the ranch. She is always walking around the big lake and uses the roads frequently. She is quite used to the vehicles and very calm when we get close. Now she has got a cub and we are hopeful that this is going to be the same pattern of behavior for the cub.”
Written by: Helder Brando, Caiman Ecological Refuge