Who We Are


The Northern Jaguar Project (NJP) preserves and recovers the world’s northernmost population of the jaguar, its unique natural habitats, and native wildlife under its protection as a flagship, keystone, and umbrella species.

Our Goals

•  Protect the northern jaguar population from illegal poaching, habitat loss, and other threats

•  Provide a sanctuary of adequate size and location to best allow the jaguar population a future

•  Rehabilitate essential landscapes to enhance the prey base and habitat for native species

•  Facilitate awareness, education, and conservation projects in local and regional communities

•  Improve scientific knowledge of jaguars by promoting academic research and field studies

•  Help map and protect areas for jaguar range expansion and north-south corridors

Operating with a binational approach has been a core principle of the Northern Jaguar Project since our inception and a theme that runs deeply throughout our organization. We have and continue to spend time listening and learning to manage cross-border relationships that are uplifting and guided by local residents and community-based partnerships.

Our Team

Roberto A. Wolf Webels
Executive Director

Jeffrey Tauzin
Administrative Manager

Carmina Gutiérrez, PhD
Research Coordinator

Field Biologist

Santa Napoles, PhD
Environmental Educator

Our Origins

In the late 1990s, jaguar expert Carlos López González traveled Sonora, talked to ranchers, set up motion-triggered cameras, and researched historical accounts. He mapped areas with low human density and, along with biologist David Brown, plotted jaguar records back 100 years. He estimated 80 to 120 jaguars remained, yet these cats were being killed at an alarming rate. Carlos reached out to conservationists in Mexico and the southwestern U.S. They formed the Northern Jaguar Project to purchase land and safeguard what is today the Northern Jaguar Reserve. They envisioned outreach projects in the local community to reduce conflicts and a protected travel corridor. They also understood collaboration between citizen groups, government agencies, scientists, and ranchers was essential for lasting change.

Matt Skroch


Rick Williams

Vice President

Harry Lex


Diana Hadley

Founding President


The Northern Jaguar Project is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization incorporated in the State of Arizona.

Fiscal Year 2019

October 2019 – September 2020

Fiscal Year 2018

October 2018 – September 2019

Fiscal Year 2017

October 2017 – September 2018

Fiscal Year 2016

October 2016 – September 2017

Fiscal Year 2015

October 2015 – September 2016

Photo: Mikal Jakubal