How you can help!

In these uncertain times, Kaminando’s vision of connecting land, wildlife and people for a harmonious coexistence is more important than ever.

Forests and wildlife are essential to our health and wellbeing. Let’s build community and support jaguar conservation during the pandemic!

Destined for the purchase of field supplies for our local assistants’ work: GPS, notebooks, flashlights, backpacks, rubber boots, hammocks, batteries, SD cards.

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As a science-based conservation NGO, we employ six local field assistants who work tirelessly to gather data on the jaguar population. Funding conservation during the COVID-19 pandemic is one way to help our assistants and their families in this difficult time.

Field assistants from the communities work tirelessly to help us gothering the information

Remote photography is widely used in the sampling of wildlife populations, especially for cryptic or elusive species like the jaguar. We’ve deployed over 50 camera traps throughout 300Km2 of tropical forest. Your donation will help us continue to uncover the ecology of the jaguar in the Isthmus of Panama.

Remote photography is widely used in the sampling of wildlife population of cryptic species like the jaguar. To accomplish this goal -in over 300Km2 of tropical forest- we use more than 50 camera traps that allow us, through photographic records, understand the ecology of the jaguar, other felines, and their prey. Your donation towards the purchase of this materials would give us a chance to continue with this fundamental research.

Inspiring students to become leaders in conservation takes hands-on learning and exposure to science-in-action. Our education program, “Guardians of the Jaguar” seeks to foster stewardship of the forest and the jaguar. Your donation will help make a significant environmental impact.

If we are about to inspiring communities to be leaders in forest conservation, we must provide to schools hands-on-learning and exposure to science in action. Through our educational program we seek to foster stewardship of the tropical forest and the jaguar. Your donation to “Guardians of the jaguar” will contribute to make a significant environmental impact.

Kaminando participates in the most urgent conservation challenges threatening the jaguar in the cloud forest of Panama

Acquiring scientific knowledge

Gather data on jaguars and their prey, by collecting photographic imagery using a network of camera traps.

Community outreach

Work with the community to develop sustainable livelihoods and provide educational outreach promoting a harmonious human-wildlife coexistence.

Empowering others

Engage residents and national international students to participate in the most urgent conservation challenges threatening our flagship species, the jaguar.

      Mission Statement

Kaminando creates lasting solutions for wildlife conservation in the cloud forest through acquiring scientific knowledge, community outreach, and empowering residents to participate in the most urgent conservation challenges threatening our flagship species, the jaguar.

      Vision Statement

Connecting land, wildlife and people for a harmonious coexistence.


The Mamoni Valley Jaguar Project

Our project aims to elucidate jaguar distribution, habitat use, and prey availability in the montane cloud forest. Understanding how jaguars navigate the highly fragmented landscape will help identify viable corridors for the species survival.


Our program aims to promote a comprehensive understanding of, and appreciation for the jaguar, through education and community outreach.

By providing information and education, Kaminando's outreach program fills important knowledge gaps, dispels misconceptions and helps to change attitudes and behavior in ways that enhance tolerance for, and coexistence with, the iconic jaguar.

By involving the community in our research activities, we are making significant strides towards building local capacity and promoting the value of intact forest.

About Us

Based in both California and Panama, Kaminando—Habitat Connectivity Initiative, was established in 2014 to protect the threatened tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forest biome and its biodiversity in Panama.

Kimberly Craighead President and Co-Founder

Kimberly’s wildlife expertise involves extensive feline and avian conservation. She expanded her education looking into the implications of human behavior on our environment. Her research involves wildcat conservation concentrated on habitat use in the human-dominated landscape.

Photo credit: Sebastian Kennerknecht

Milton Yacelga Vice-president and Co-Founder

Of Ecuadorian origin, Milton is a Wildlife biologist with research and consultant experience focusing on herpetological and mammalian taxa. Expertise in, and comprehensive understanding of Continental and Island Ecosystems and their wildlife.

Meet Our Team