Jury Selection | Conservation Focus
In the Mayan language, the Jaguar is known as Balam and is a species of cultural and ecological significance. Sadly, the animal is now fighting to hold its place. Extensive deforestation, habitat fragmentation and illegal hunting of their potential prey has forced the felids to feed on domestic livestock. The camera trap image shows a Jaguar trying to attack a pig at a recreated Mayan Village visited by tourists. Such incidents have also increased conflict situations with the local ranchers and the Mayan community members, further adding to the Jaguar’s woes.