Panthera Costa Rica

Wild Cat Species

— Jaguar

— Puma

— Jaguarundi

— Ocelot

— Oncilla

— Margay

Priority Landscapes

— Talamanca Mountain Range 

— San Juan/La Seval Biological Corridor
— Volcanica Central-Talamanca Biological Corridor

— Central Volcanic Cordillera

— Atlantic slope

In Costa Rica, Panthera has focused on consolidating the Jaguar Corridor Initiative. Mainly, work is carried out on the Atlantic slope, in the most vulnerable sites throughout the region: the connections between the Central Volcanic Mountain Range and the Talamanca Mountain Range and between the Central Volcanic Mountain Range and southeastern Nicaragua. Projects are being developed in these areas, which are intended to be implemented in the other jaguar corridors throughout Mesoamerica. 

Currently, these pilot projects are focused on the following subjects: use of camera traps to monitor wild cat populations in Jaguar Conservation Units and biological corridors, implementation of anti-predation strategies to reduce conflict between wild cats and domestic animals, monitoring of roads and other infrastructure to measure their impact on wildlife, collection of scat samples using a trained dog in order to use them for genetic analysis and finally, conservation politics through collaborative work with the government and other NGOs and entities. At the regional level, a site security project has just started with the purpose of collecting data related to wildlife trafficking.

To date, our achievements include: 

  • 123 farms with anti-predation measures implemented;
  • 12 model farms built;
  • 655 km walked by Tigre (our scat-detection dog); 
  • 443 samples found by Tigre;
  • Evaluation of the impact of one hydroelectric and one geothermal project;
  • Monitoring of ten roads to measure impact and propose mitigation actions; and
  • Creation of the first Wildlife Friendly Roads manual with partners.


  • National System of Conservation Areas of the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica (SINAC-MINAE)
  • Unidad de Atención de Conflictos con Felinos (UACFel)
  • Local NGOs
  • Local communities
  • Universities 
A Panthera staff member changes the batteries in a canopy camera trap in Costa Rica

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Panthera Costa Rica
San Pedro, Montes de Oca, San José
(506) 8806-2867

Monica Chavez 

Panthera Costa Rica Blogs

Scaring a Wild Cat May Save Its Life
Crossing the Road Between Conservation and Tragedy
Learning to Live with Cats: How Costa Rica's Cats and Farmers Coexist


Roberto Salom Pérez

Director, Latin America

Mónica Chávez Ramos

Program Manager, Costa Rica/Mesoamerica Hub

Daniela Araya Gamboa

Field Biologist, Wild Cat Friendly Roads Project

Daniel Corrales Gutiérrez

Field Biologist, Anti-Predation Project

Stephanny Arroyo-Arce

Field Biologist, Wild Cat Genetics Project

Deiver Espinoza-Muñoz

Field Technician


Scat-Detection Dog