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.

Education Outreach 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.

Milton Yacelga 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.

Kimberly Craighead Vice-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

Meet Our Team