Puma, by Agami Photo Agency
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Connect Wild Lands for Wild Cats in Mexico

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Project Overview

Thousands of species including five species of wild cat are threatened by illegal deforestation for plantations in the remote, rugged mountains of western Mexico.

  • Species at Risk

    Nelson and Coldman’s Woodrat (EN)

  • Carbon stored

    12,432,622 mT *

    *(metric tons of CO2 equivalents)
  • Partner

    Pronatura Mexico

  • 133,013 Proposed Acres Conserved by

    Designation

Project Cost: $778,274
Funding Raised: $464,539

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Mexico
Proposed Acres

133,013

Project Overview

Thousands of species including five species of wild cat are threatened by illegal deforestation for plantations in the remote, rugged mountains of western Mexico.

  • Species at Risk

    Nelson and Coldman’s Woodrat (EN)

  • Carbon stored

    12,432,622 mT *

    *(metric tons of CO2 equivalents)
  • Partner

    Pronatura Mexico

  • 133,013 Proposed Acres Conserved by

    Designation

Project Cost: £617,677
Funding Raised: £368,681

Please note that your donation may not be immediately reflected in the funding thermometer above.

Mexico
Proposed Acres

133,013

Two Jaguars, by Uwe Bergwitz

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Mexico’s remote Sierra de Cacoma region, with its rugged, mountainous terrain rich in biodiversity, faces escalating threats from illegal deforestation and fire-clearing for plantations, agriculture and cattle, and uncontrolled infrastructure projects that continue to degrade its critical cloud forests.

This wild stretch of coastal mountains in western Mexico hosts an astonishing variety of natural features, elevations, soil types and climates. Thousands of species of plants, migratory birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals are found in this topographically complex area that is vital for wide-ranging wildlife.

Rainforest Trust and our local partner, Pronatura Mexico, seek to protect an estimated 133,013 acres of coniferous tropical forest in this Pacific mountain range. The goal is for these water-rich forests to be designated by the government as a Hydrological Protection Area, because they form the headwaters of four important watersheds that provide critical water supplies to communities in the region.

Header photo:  Puma, by Agami Photo Agency

Explore Sierra de Cacoma

Ocelot, by Saad315
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Ocelot, by Saad315

Jaguar, by Vladimir Wrangel
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Jaguar, by Vladimir Wrangel

Jaguarundi, by Tambako the Jaguar
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Jaguarundi, by Tambako the Jaguar

Jaguarundi, by jirihosko
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Jaguarundi, by jirihosko

Puma, by Agami Photo Agency
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Puma, by Agami Photo Agency

Landscape of Sierra de Cacoma Mexico, courtesy Pronatura Mexico
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Landscape of Sierra de Cacoma Mexico, courtesy Pronatura Mexico

Landscape of Sierra de Cacoma Mexico, courtesy Pronatura Mexico
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Landscape of Sierra de Cacoma Mexico, courtesy Pronatura Mexico

Craugastor occidentalis, by Pronatura Mexico
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Craugastor occidentalis, by Pronatura Mexico

Jaguar and Puma require upwards of

50

SQUARE MILES OF TERRITORY

Secure A Biological Corridor For Wide-Ranging Species

Sierra de Cacoma provides vital terrain for five of Mexico’s six remaining wild cat species, including Jaguar and Puma—two of the largest cats in the Americas that roam territories stretching over 50 square miles. The habitat also sustains smaller cats like Jaguarundi, Ocelot and Bobcat, which also require ample range.

The proposed Sierra de Cacoma State Reserve fills a critical gap within a north-south biological corridor spanning over 6.1 million acres and three key national protected areas. This connectivity corridor is crucial for the survival of Northern Mexico’s threatened felines. The reserve also offers hope for the Endangered Mexican Wolf’s return to its historic range. These mountains hold immense ecological importance, and biological surveys have documented 10 forest types and extensive biodiversity that includes 775 plant species, 88 species of mammals, 298 bird species, 90 species of reptiles and 27 species of amphibians.

Stop Tree-Felling In The Sierra de Cacoma Mountains For Illegal Plantations

Much of the land in the Sierra de Cacoma region is farmed as ejidos—communally farmed areas—or is owned by small private landowners. Our partner will consult both ejido leaders and municipal authorities as the project moves forward so they can work together to improve governance to support conservation and land use management while safeguarding a historically marginalized community.

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