Roan Mcnab, (wildlife conservation society) WCS Guatemala Country director said that researchers struggled to develop more effective methods for estimating how many jaguars were in the forest hidden amongst the ancient Maya Biosphere Reserve of Guatemala.
Pat Thomas, General Curator of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo, came up with the unusual cologne-attractant technique. Thomas applied a variety of perfumes and colognes to trees and rocks in the zoo’s tiger, snow leopard, and cheetah exhibits. After several rounds of trials, there’s this perfume that incited the biggest response from the big cats. They rubbed, sniffed, and pawed at objects previously spritzed with the fragrance, thoroughly enjoying the high-end cologne.
A jaguar’s cologne of choice? Calvin Klein’s Obsession for men
Both female and male animals are attracted to the scent, but only Obsession for Men, not Obsession for Women, induces such wild reactions.
The fragrance contains a synthetic version of chemical compound civetone. It occurs naturally in the scent glands of the Asian civet mammal. It’s a musky chemical collected by glands near the anus of the civet, and it’s widely used as a fragrance and stabilizing chemical in perfumes.
Study believes the perfume acts in a similar way to territorial markings. Jaguars like to mark out their territory, and the civetone smells like the territorial marker of a potential invader. So the jaguar responds by rubbing its own scent on top of the cologne Calvin Klein Obsession for Men and bingo!! ! It unknowingly gets photographed.
The big cats rubbed, sniffed, pawed, and otherwise thoroughly enjoyed the designer cologne.
Wild cats love the scent of Calvin Klein’s Obsession for Men. When sprayed on objects, all sorts of feline species—jaguars, cheetahs, ocelots, pumas, cougars, snow leopards, and tigers start calling. Tapirs and peccaries also love the aroma, too.
WCS field conservationists are now using the scent to attract cats, especially jaguars, in front of remote cameras located in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, one of the largest protected areas in Central America.
According to Pat Thomas this remote camera technique is one way that conservationists can monitor populations by collecting evidence that animals are in a given area and know how many individuals are in the area.
So if you are wearing this kind of perfume, mind it not to walk in the bush walk. They might just leap on you.