must be appropriately managed to the benefit of local residents and to prevent the destruction of the reserve. Protected biological corridors should also be set up to connect the Maya region reserves in Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. The total jaguar population comes to several thousand, enough to reproduce itself in the long run with no problem.

12:10pm

Crouched in the shade of an immense ceiba tree, we watch the jaguar in silence, in wonder. His deep mysterious yellow eyes watch us closely. He has slowly recovered from the anesthetic. Very carefully, he listens, sniffs, watches. We may well be the first human beings he has ever seen. He tries to understand what's going on. The dogs have been led off a good while ago now. Their baying can be heard far off in the distance. Suddenly, he gets up,completely recovered from the anesthetic, and jumps over a large fallen tree trunk without making a sound even on the dried leaves. Imposing, he gives us a final look before disappearing, majestic, into the jungle. It's a scene that would be hard to forget. At that point I ask myself about his future, and I can't even imagine the world without this and many other endangered species. Their survival is up to us, and our own survival depends, paradoxically, on theirs.

THE END