Jaguar Day Brings People Together From Across Sonoran Desert Region

Published: Monday, October 7, 2019 - 3:07pm
Updated: Monday, October 7, 2019 - 3:27pm
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The fifth annual Jaguar Day Festival in Álamos, Sonora, was held Oct. 4-5, 2019.

More than 400 people from across the Sonoran Desert region gathered in Álamos, Sonora, last weekend to celebrate the fifth-annual Día Del Jaguar Festival.

Beyond raising awareness about the northern jaguar in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands, it’s a reminder of the ecological connection the two states share, said Robin Kropp, education specialist at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, who's been attending the event since it started.

“We really like to show that the border is just sort of an arbitrary line. That the Sonoran Desert region itself is a very intact entity ecologically speaking,” she said.

This year, Kropp helped host a bat workshop for kids, one of many activities throughout the festival designed to raise awareness about local biodiversity.

She said that combination of culture and nature that defines the Jaguar Day Festival not only draws people to conservation but also brings together desert dwellers from both sides of the border.

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