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Nature conservation Operation Jaguar

ARTIS has been supporting Operation Jaguar since 2018 by combating poaching and illegal trade in jaguars in countries such as Bolivia, Suriname and Guyana. 

The project

In Latin America, jaguars (Panthera onca) are increasingly poached because of their teeth, bones and other parts of the body. IUCN NL, IFAW and Earth League International work together for Operation Jaguar and, with the help of the National Postcode Lottery, fight poaching. They do this by going undercover within the criminal networks to expose them, train the police, help local conservationists and put pressure on policymakers to prevent jaguar poaching and illegal trade.

Alternative for the tiger

The demand for jaguar products comes mainly from Asia. Here the teeth are used in jewelry and medicine. The other bones are also boiled and ground into a medicinal paste. Traditionally medicinal effects have been attributed to several large animals, such as elephants, sharks and tigers. Tigers, however, are now so threatened that it was difficult to reach them. The jaguar became the alternative, the teeth of this 'American tiger' are hardly distinguishable from the other feline.

Stopover at Schiphol Airport

In order to get the teeth from South America to Asia, mainly the airplane is used. At airports dogs are used that are trained to pick up scent traces of the jaguars in order to recognize the contraband so that the traffickers can be picked up. ARTIS also contributes to this. The trainers of Scent Imprint Conservation Dogs who support customs in Suriname use blankets that have been lying around the jaguars of ARTIS and their poop and urine to make the dogs familiar with the smell of the feline.

Organisation  IUCN NL, IFAW and Earth League International
Animal species jaguar
Location  South-America, China