Over the past month, four veterinary students from the University of...
Over the past month, four veterinary students from the University of...

Over the past month, four veterinary students from the University of Copenhagen treated and cared for livestock in the Paso del Istmo Biological Corridor. The students worked closely with Nicaraguan veterinarian Marcos Calero to treat more than 130 horses, cows and dogs in more than fourteen different communities. Notable cases include a mule with a severe leg wound that is now on the road to recovery and a dog severely maimed by a machete that will be transported to Canada for advanced surgeries. It was an experience that one student said, “I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”   

Their visit is part of our jaguar conservation program to provide support to ranchers and community members whose livestock was affected by jaguar attacks in 2014. By working with ranchers to improve the health and management of their livestock we hope to reduce the risk of future attacks by large carnivores. The program also aims to increase awareness about the humane treatment and care of animals and to teach ranchers about affordable options for such care. Because disease can spread from domestic animals to wildlife and human populations, it is important to maintain the health of domestic animals.

We are grateful for the generous support of the Henry and Iris Englund Foundation, who helped support these four volunteers. This Danish foundation, together with the Association of Zoos and AquariumsLos Angeles Zoo, and the Woodland Park Zoo, make our jaguar program possible.   

The Center for Molecular Biology will be making an inventory of DNA from the flora and fauna along the route of the proposed Interoceanic Nicaraguan Canal. The proposed canal will bisect Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America, causing irreparable harm to one of the most biodiverse freshwater systems in the world. This inventory will create baseline data for wildlife in this area and help protect that genetic information in perpetuity.                                                                                                       
The building of the Interoceanic Canal represents the greatest threat to the region’s biodiversity and ecosystems. You can learn more about this vital research by visiting the
Center for Molecular Biology's crowdfunding campaign and website.
    Paso Pacifico is deeply grateful for the support we recently received from Camilla Lindhard, Louise Pihler, Anne Vedel Christoffersen, and Maria Ertner; four veterinary students from the University of Copenhagen. These four women spent their summer vacation to improve the health of domestic animals in rural Nicaragua.
    During their visit they worked closely with local campesinos to vaccinate cows, neuter dogs, and treat abscesses on horses, among many other tasks. They were always well-received by the local communities, which was partially attributed to their open mindedness and sensitivity to local culture. We appreciate the detailed feedback they provided at the end of their visit and for their support in our effort to increase the awareness about the humane treatment of animals.
    Thanks again and we wish you good luck in your fall semester!
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    Marvin Chévez has been a member of our team since 2007, when he worked as an eco-tour guide near Ostional, Nicaragua. He was later awarded a scholarship through the SEED program and attended a two-year program in Natural Resource Management at Hood Community College to study natural resources.             
    Marvin is now the coordinator for our jaguar conservation project and works throughout the year carefully placing and monitoring camera traps and communicating with ranchers about these important animals. Marvin is continually working towards professional advancement and is currently enrolled as a college student at the National Agrarian University in Managua where he studies during the weekends. Marvin is always enthusiastic and eager to help visitors and other team members. He has contributed a lot these past eight years to Paso Pacifico and we are so fortunate that he continues as a leader amongst the team! 

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    O Parks, Wildlife and Recreation (OPWR) is a tourism development project that is unique in its community-focused approach and its ecologically oriented projects. Kevin Shea, founder and principal owner at OPWR, has been active in supporting Paso Pacifico programs on the ground in Nicaragua, particularly those related to wildlife. He notifies us about important wildlife sightings in the local area and allows us to place camera traps to monitor wildlife on his property. He was also a key partner in the summer of 2014 in our attempt to collar a jaguar.
    Thanks Kevin for being a great friend to Paso Pacifico and for being such a supportive member of our community. 
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