An incredible day describes very little of the guest experience at the Caiman Ecological Refuge during this week. When leaving for a photographic safari the guests found a jaguar on the edge of a water hole. And as if that was not enough, its cub appeared to the surprise of everyone.
Thanks to the Habituation Programme of the Caiman Refuge and the Onçafari Project as well as all the techniques learnt from Lawrence, Simon and the experiences we had at Londolozi many Caiman guests are having incredible wildlife experiences viewing jaguars. The animals are getting so accustomed to vehicles that they now fall asleep next to the car. Check out the photo below that shows the jaguar cub breastfeeding on its mother, evidence of how this project is being conducted with responsibility and respect for nature. Soon after feeding the cub fell asleep.
Besides the tranquility of the cub, we can see how the mother jaguar was confortable with our presence there. She started to play and roll in the sand at the edge of the water hole. Shortly after she fell asleep too. At this moment we got our way out leaving them in the same place where we have found them without disturbing the wildlife.
The Caiman Ecological Refuge offers one of the best wildlife experiences in Brazil and is increasingly able to show visitors wild Jaguars in their natural environment.
Written & Photographed by: Helder Brandão (Caiman Environmental Manager)