Meet Mayke! This Belgian Malinois works with scientists to study El Jefe, the only known wild jaguar in the United States. Her human companion is biologist Chris Bugbee, who studies El Jefe (Spanish for “the boss”) for Conservation CATalyst, a partner of the Center for Biological Diversity.
The two track the jaguar in the Santa Rita Mountains north of Tucson, Arizona. So far, Mayke has discovered verified jaguar droppings as well as several of El Jefe’s resting places. Her discoveries help scientists understand the big cat’s habits and travels, which is essential in preserving the jaguar’s habitat.
“Mayke is a special dog that helps us learn about El Jefe without the risks of more invasive methods of study,” Chris said. For more information on Mayke and El Jefe, visit conservationcatalyst.com.