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Central & South America: reports of illegal trade of wild cat species 2012-2018

Illegal wildlife trade in Central and South America is a documented practice. From January 2012 to March 2018, there were approximately 170 reports of seizures involving jaguars, pumas, and ocelots in the region. Brazil was the country with the largest number of reports during that period, with 60 in total. Bolivia was the second most affected country by this type of crime, with 25 reports of seized wild cats or their body parts.

Number of reports of seizures of jaguars, pumas, and ocelots or their body parts in Central and South America from January 2012 to March 2018

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Release date

June 2020


Central and South America

Survey time period

January 2012 to March 2018

Special properties

Based on data collected from 19 Central and South American countries, excluding the Caribbean islands*

Supplementary notes

* Data collected from news articles, technical reports, and police reports. Further information about the methodology used for data collection can be found in pages 3 & 4 of the study.
The study was carried out by Thais Q. Morcatty, Jonathan C. Bausch Macedo, K. Anne-Isola Nekaris, Qingyong Ni, Carlos C. Durigan, Magdalena S. Svensson, and Vincent Nijman, hereby refered to as "Various Sources",

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