Penn State Students Capture Images of Big Cats

Students participating in Environmental Issues Across the Americas, a Penn State University course (GEOG 497c) in association with the ACEER Foundation, set up camera traps at the Los Amigos Biological Station. The course, taught by Dr. Joe Bishop and Dr. Denice Wardrop, consisted of fifteen Penn State students and four Peruvian students to explore environmental issues impacting the rainforests of southeastern Peru.

An ocelot “caught” by the camera at night!
A jaguar roams the trails at Los Amigos.

The biological station is 3.5 hours by boat upriver of Puerto Maldonado, in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. The region is being significantly impacted by the completion of the Transoceanic Highway that bisects the Amazon from the Atlantic in Brazil to the Pacific in Peru. Yet look what the camera traps captured…two major species of big cats. A jaguar and an ocelot. Now that the highway is in place, it is even more crucial that conservation strategies be put in place to protect areas like the Los Amigos watershed and surrounding territory to permit the big cats and all the other animals of the primary rainforest to thrive.