Scientists in Belize search for the elusive jaguar, revered by native peoples across Latin America, for its power, beauty and speed, but little known to Western scientists. The film follows Panthera’s Jaguar Program Executive Director, Dr. Howard Quigley, as he and Boone Smith, a cougar capture specialist, travel into jaguar territory to help solve some pressing issues of jaguar conservation. In Belize, the pair meet with Panthera’s Jaguar Field Scientist, Omar Figueroa, as they track jaguars in the tropical forests of Belize. After discovering essential insights about jaguar corridor dynamics, the team then journeys to the Brazilian Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland, to tie together critical parts of Panthera’s Pantanal Jaguar Project. Produced by Luke Wiles.

Hunt for the Shadow Cat

2011 BZ 48 min
Festival Year: 2012
Types: Documentary
Topic: Wildlife