Central & South America: seized wild cats body parts 2012-2018, by type

Body parts of jaguar, also known as Panthera onca and native to the American continent, were the most trafficked wild cat parts in Central and South America from 2012 to 2018, according to seizure reports. During that period, over two thousand body parts of that type of animal were seized in the region, of which nearly 95 percent were teeth. Over 100 parts of ocelots and pumas combined were also seized in the period.

Number of body parts of jaguars, pumas, and ocelots seized in Central and South America from January 2012 to March 2018, by type

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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.
** Legs, claws, tails, and meat.

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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