The Jaguar: contributing to the conservation of the natural, cultural and development heritage of local communities in the Laguna del Tigre National Park, Maya Biosphere Reserve, Petén Guatemala.

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In the Laguna del Tigre National Park of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, Petén Guatemala, the Las Guacamaya Biological Station (EBG) is located, its forests and wetlands are home to the emblematic jaguar (Phantera onca), the scarlet macaw (Ara macao) cynaptera), of the Central American tapir (Tapirus bairdii) and of archaeological remains of our Mayan culture. 

Balam Association and Las Guacamayas Biological Station, promote the development of communities through education, food security, nutrition, and reproductive health projects with a sustainable approach and as a tool for mitigating climate change.

Our campaign called: The jaguar contributing with education, nutrition and health in communities of the Laguna del Tigre National Park, Mayan Biosphere Reserve is to invite and involve people from the world to join and participate in our conservation projects, as an incentive to communities to contribute conserving biodiversity and cultural heritage.

Why is the jaguar the emblem of our campaign?

The Jaguar is an endangered species in Guatemala. It is a representation of the mixed heritage represented in the Mayan culture and in the conservation of cultural heritage. Their protection represents an opportunity to promote sustainable development by promoting the participation of local communities.

We invite you to be part of this great project:

With your donation you contribute to the conservation and start-up of:

  • More than 350 species of resident and migratory birds.Such as: The Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao cyanoptera), Cracids, such as Crax Rubra (Great Curasaw) raptors (Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Black Hawk-Eagle, Black-collared Hawk, Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle, Agami Heron and much more
  • Day and night mammals

Jaguares (Pantera onca) pumas, ocelotes, margay, yaguarundí, tapires (Tapirus bairdii), Tairas (Eira barbara), pecaris, tamanduas (tamandua mexicana), agoutis, venados cola blanca, cabritos (Mazama americana), entre otros.

  • Amphibians

Red-eyed frog (Agalychnis callidryas), termite mounds (Hypopachus variolosus), shovel-head frog (Triprion petasatus), Dendropsophus microcephalus followed by many more species.

  • Reptiles:
Swamp crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii), White turtle (Dermatemys mawii) snakes; Scaphiodontophis annulatus, Ninia diademata, Boa constrictor, Bothrops asper, Micrurus diastema, Corytophanes cristatus, and much more.

  • Diversity of butterfly species

Blue morpho (Morpho peleides), Caligo uranus, Eueides isabella, Heliconius charithonia, Heliconius hortense, followed by many more species.


Projects and Programs


  • Prevention of forest fires:

Sensitization, education and prevention of forest fires as a tool for the conservation of the natural heritage and shelter of the harvests of the local populations.

  • Rural scholarship fund for conservation:

This project financially supports  young people and children from rural communities near Las Guacamayas Biological Station to continue their studies at different levels of schooling.

  • Health

Free medical days of: Gynecology, Pediatrics, urology, Dentistry. And the putting into operation of community pharmacies to meet all the medical prescriptions of patients.

  • Child nutrition:

Through this program is provided to children between the ages of 1 to 10 years, medical attention is provided to children from 1 to 5 years.

  • Food security and sustainable agriculture

Promoting agroforestry systems that contribute to improving the quality of life of local populations and the generation of economic income.

Thank you very much for joining this great work of conservation of natural resources, we will publish constantly in our social networks each one of the events carried out of this great project, so that you can see exactly the positive impacts of your donation.



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