The jaguar wasn’t just shot once — she was shot seven times in the head before she finally died — and for the worst reason. People wanted to use her body to make medicine and jewelry, which could be sold for large sums of money.
Earlier this year, the team at World Animal Protection (WAP) investigated the illegal poaching of jaguars in Suriname, a small country in South America, and what they learned was shocking. Jaguars, who are known for their elusive nature and beautiful markings, are being hunted out of the forests and sold to middlemen for about $260 each. Since many people live in extreme poverty in Suriname, this is a lot of money — for instance, it could be enough to make a down payment on a car. But the real profit is made by the middlemen, who sell the jaguars in Chinese shops and facilities for about $2,000 or $3,000 per animal.