Monitoring felines –such as the Ocelote- has great biological significance because they are keystone species for conservation: to protect them favors a large number of organisms living in its territory.
The use of camera traps is effective for tracking stealthy mammals. Several studies show that this is a highly reliable method for estimating populations of carnivores. It also allows obtaining relevant data from individuals. During last year, five adults Ocelots and one young offspring were registered with this method at Marismas Nacionales Nayarit.
Increased pressure on natural ecosystems, poaching and habitat fragmentation have a major effect on this species classified as endangered by Official Mexican Norm 059-Semarnat since 2010.
Thus, the staff of CONANP ascribed to Isla Isabel National Park as well as that from the Protection and Recovery Program of Endangered Species of Pronatura Noroeste, work together to preserve this important species listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on Trade International Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (known as CITES, an English acronym for Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wilde Fauna and Flora).
Within the program of Protection and Recovery of Endangered Species of Pronatura Noroeste, we work continuously to promote conservation of critical habitat, reproduction conditions and the connection between populations of species such as Ocelot, for easy retrieval.