Jaguar in Mexico endangered by commercialization of its genitals in China

The tentacles of the Chinese black market reach all corners of the world, proof of which is that it is now a latent danger for the jaguar in Mexico. The National Alliance for the Conservation of the Jaguar in Mexico reported that parts of a specimen are often sold on the Chinese market.

Jaguar in Mexico
Jaguar in Mexico

Demand has led to increased poaching. It has been said that tusks are used for jewellery, their skin for clothing or carpets and their bones for Chinese medicine.

Now, jaguar genitals are added to the list. In Reforma, the head of the Department of Environmental Sciences of the UAM Unidad Lerma has said: "What has happened lately with the entry of the Chinese market is the delicate part, because they go in search of the jaguar's penis for an aphrodisiac issue"

The National Alliance for Jaguar Conservation (ANCJ) agrees. Its vice-president, Heliot Zarza, confirms that they found a specimen without a penis in the Lacandon Jungle at the end of 2019. The treatment has been seen before in hunts in Bolivia and Peru.

With poaching rampant, Zarza said the National Guard has been asked to intervene, sending in elements that used to be part of the Environmental Gendarmerie. That corps used to belong to the Federal Police, so the body has been completely integrated into the National Guard.

Not all is lost in the issue of species conservation, as Mexican footballer Raúl Jiménez is leading a campaign to save the Mexican wolf, which has earned him the recognition of civil society in general and the sports guild.

But more people of national importance are needed to join the defense of animal species, even those that are not in danger of extinction.

In the case of the jaguar, it is a species of cat that should certainly be protected from poachers, so that future generations will know it in its habitat and not through photographs.


Steve Winter, a National Geographic photographer, denounced through his social networks the "abusive practices" behind some tourist attractions that use jaguars in Cancun.

Jaguars mistreated in Cancún

In his Instagram account, the photographer criticized the "I like" as being more valuable than the health of a wild animal and accused tour operators in Cancun of exploiting jaguars to profit from the entertainment of tourists.

Perhaps the following image may seem harmless at first; it was taken by Winter himself and shows a cat in the water. Behind it, there are motorcycles that surround it driven by tourists who, for a high fee, are photographed as if they were with a toy.


The jaguar, or panthera onca, is one of the endangered species in the state of Quintana Roo, due to the expansion of urban development of the 11 municipalities that make up the entity, which also encourages the devastation of jungle and hunting of its prey.

Jaguar or panthera onca. Photo: La Verdad
Jaguar or panthera onca. Photo: La Verdad

Mario Buil, president of the Jaguar Protection and Conservation Committee, on behalf of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (Profepa), explained that a single jaguar needs about 50 square kilometers for its development, which has been reduced due to the expansion of real estate.

" Its territory is the jungle, they change the use of the land, they do it to build businesses, to subdivide and what happens, you tomb all the jungle and you make a subdivision in a place where there was a jaguar and it is going to continue walking there because that was its territory.

"That's when they eat the dogs, the cattle and the people kill them," explained the environmentalist. Some of these subdivisions in which jaguars have been seen are Villas del Sol, in Playa del Carmen, or those built in southern Cancún, said the veterinarian of Fauna Silvestre.

He explained that the young jaguars are with their mother until they are two years old. After that period, she runs them from their niche and it is when the animals, inexperienced in the territory, arrive at these subdivisions or ranches where they are killed or run over while crossing highways.

According to the environmentalist, deer hunting has become a constant in the region, so jaguars tend to eat animals like dogs.

In this context, Mario Buil explained that dogs contain certain parasites that develop diseases such as distemper, so studies have been conducted in the jaguars to find out if this affects the species, but the results so far have been satisfactory.

The street dogs are the ones that eat the jaguar and those dogs are full of parasites that are passed on to the jaguar.

It has been handled that they pass the distemper, but in my case, of all the jaguars we have treated, none has come out positive and hopefully not because it will be a disaster, "said the specialist.

Respect for the number of panthers that were run over last year, the Environmental Procurator of Quintana Roo, Miguel Angel Nadal Novelo, mentioned that signs have been placed to prevent such accidents, although the greatest responsibility always falls on drivers.

On the final destination of the species, due to the great economic value of their skin, the official said that these specimens were destined to public universities for study.

Contrary to what is thought, the jaguar can adapt to these changes, however, more awareness of people is needed to educate them about the importance of this living being in the food chain to which they belong.

By Mexicanist