Big Cat Research

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Jaguar and Puma - images taken in the Chiquibul National Park © FCD

There are a number of on-going jaguar research projects in Belize. Blancaneaux Lodge supports two of the research projects.

Dr Marcella Kelly of the Dept of Fisheries & Wildlife at Virginia Tech has been conducting country wide research in Belize on jaguar and other felidae for the past 5 years.

The work is on-going and Marcella is looking for project support in the form of much needed equipment to conduct her research. If you would like to learn more about Marcella’s work or would like to donate please visit her web site at

Dr Erik Terdal of Northeastern State University is also conducting jaguar research in the Elijio Panti National Park with logistical support from Blancaneaux Lodge.

Programme for Belize and Chan Chich Lodge/The Gallon Jug Estate have over the years been bases for numerous jaguar studies. For more information of Programme for Belize go to

Bart Harmsen of the University of Southampton is Panthera’s Jaguar Research Fellow in Belize. You can read more about Bart’s work in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve at and at

Marcella Kelly’s Ix Jaguar Project also studies puma and ocelot and regularly also catches images of margay and jaguarundi on their motion sensitive cameras.



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