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June 26, 2017

The Wildlife of Valle de los Cirios

Baja California Peninsula
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Gato montes o Bobcat (Lynx rufus).

Last May, WILDCOAST staff and interns took a trip to our private wilderness reserve, the Valle de los Cirios Natural Protected Area. In addition to surveying the protected properties, biological information was collected with “game-cams”. The cameras were installed last year and have been an efficient tool used to document the presence of wild animals while not disturbing their behavior or damaging their habitat.

The “game-cams” are activated by motion detection and have allowed us to photograph several species that inhabit the area such as coyotes (Canis latrans), bobcats (Lynx rufus),  mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus), mockingbirds (Mimus polyglottos), brush rabbit (Sylvilagus bachmani) and hares.

 

Common Raven (Corvus corax).

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos).

Brush Rabbit (Sylvilagus bachmani).

Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus).

Coyote (Canis latrans).

 

Venado bura o Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus).

The mule deer is the most commonly photographed animals in our records. It is a species of great cultural importance in the Baja California Peninsula because their appearance dates back 7,000 years in ancient rock carvings.


The presence of this type of deer is an indication that WILDCOAST’s conservation work is helping preserve the habitat of a species of great biocultural importance in the Baja California Peninsula.