Operation Jaguar - South America
In Bolivia, Suriname and Guyana, more jaguars are being poached than ever before.
We train rangers and authorities to detect and prosecute wildlife crime.
Jaguars are the biggest felines in the Americas. Although they are a protected species, in countries such as Bolivia, Suriname and Guyana, we have seen increasing incidents of jaguars being poached for their skin, fangs, and other body parts. These are then used for jewelry, ornaments or "medicinal" paste.
Seizure data shows a significant rise in jaguar trafficking since 2012, and we are seeing see more often that jaguar body parts and products are being sold openly—on the side of the road or online.
Additionally, overseas and domestic investors in many South American countries have set up huge projects for agriculture, mining, highway construction, and other infrastructure. This has given poachers easier access to natural areas and jaguar habitats which were previously cut off from the civilized world.
Operation Jaguar is a joint project of IUCN NL, IFAW and Earth League International and is made possible by the Dutch Postcode Lottery. We want to put an end to poaching and the illegal trade in jaguar parts, so that this apex predator can continue to fulfill its vital role in the ecosystem. To achieve this, we are working on the following interventions:
- Collecting and analysing information
- Improving protection of jaguar habitats
- Professionalising law enforcement systems
- Mobilising the public and politicians
At IFAW, we focus on reinforcing the various branches of law enforcement in Bolivia, Suriname and Guyana. We train rangers in collecting and documenting valid evidence, local authorities in detecting wildlife crime, and the courts in formulating indictments and building solid cases. This way, we can make sure wildlife criminals are brought to justice to further prevent the poaching of the most iconic species of the Americas.