Jaguar captured on video at Poco Sol

Last week when the board of Friends of the Rainforest were visiting Costa Rica they spent the night in the Children’s Eternal Rainforest at Poco Sol. Jim Wolfe, biologist, film maker and ex-board member who has a cabin nearby, put his camera out overnight near the trail from the lake down to the waterfall at Poco Sol. His camera has a motion detector so can act as a camera trap. He was expecting to maybe capture small noctural animals like birds or rodents so he set it low down at the height to capture something small.

The next morning he went back to get his camera. He has to take out the card and put it on his computer to see what’s on it. Can you imagine his amazement when this is what he found?

Click here to download and view video (18MB, .mov format)

Click here to view video (18MB .mov file format)

It seems like the jaguar came twice in the same night: the first time during daylight and the second time was after dark, shot in infrared. Occasionally researchers have found jaguar footprints in The Forest and it was thought that jaguars pass through but there was no evidence of any living here. This is the first time one has been captured on video. And to think, so close to the Poco Sol station! Better be careful if you are going for a walk around the lagoon alone at night!

4 Responses to “Jaguar captured on video at Poco Sol”

  1. Tim Upham Says:

    Has there been any sightings of Baird’s tapir? When I was at Monteverde, I spent three days searching for a resplendent quetzal. Finally, on my third day, just before I left, I saw one. Wildlife viewing either requires luck or perseverance.

  2. Rowan Eisner Says:

    Hi Tim – did you see this posting:
    http://friendsoftherainforest.org/animal-sightings-in-the-rainforest/
    So the answer is ‘yes’ to seeing tapir. But more often we find footprints – maybe I should do a post on that?

    We forget how spoilt we are with seeing Quetzal here. Because we’re here all the time we see them quite often. They are listed as ‘common’ here. But you have to be in the right place at the right time. And peak Quetzal time isn’t at peak visitor time. My friend Mills who took the tapir pictures in that link had 5 quetzals in his garden the other day!

    Tim, did you go to the Children’s Eternal Rainforest? Do you have a story to tell about your time here for the blog?

  3. Tim Upham Says:

    I saw the posting with the picture of the Baird’s tapir. I have seen tapirs in the Amazon rainforest of Peru, but not in Costa Rica. The Baird’s tapir in Costa Rica is endangered. I know all about the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, and how it got started in Sweden, and how both Sweden’s and Canada’s international development agencies have been involved in funding it. I also know about the Monteverde Conservation League, because when I was there, they had publications with articles in it that I wrote. I have done presentations on Monteverde, and how it is an important watershed for Costa Rica. I have written extensively about tropical forests; their preservation, the complexity of their ecosystems, and the wildlife that is found in it. So the Children’s Eternal Rainforest is just the tip of the iceberg, about an extensive subject.

  4. Rowan Eisner Says:

    Great – you must have some stories to tell. Let me know if you want to write a blog post.

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