Large Cats

Jaguars once ranged from the southwestern United States all the way to northern Argentina

Large cats are one of the earth’s most threatened predators. Faced with poaching, loss of critical habitat to deforestation and land conversion, and increasing conflicts with humans and livestock, big cat populations in Osa are a critically endangered umbrella species.

Osa is one of the last landscapes in Central America that can still sustain the full suite of large cats: Margay (Leopardus wiedii), Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), Jaguarundi (Puma yagouaroundi), Puma (Puma concolor), and Jaguar (Panthera onca). In order to better understand the abundance and habitat requirements needed to sustain Osa’s large cat populations, Osa Conservation works with international researchers and local partners to monitor these feline populations through a network of camera traps. This data is crucial for assessing the effectiveness of conservation measures and determining whether Osa’s wildlife corridors and protected areas are sufficient to ensure the long-term survival of these incredible predators.