Two jaguars were smuggled into Trinidad earlier this year.
One likely died but the other has been handed over to the Emperor Valley Zoo, in Port of Spain.
The disturbing incident was disclosed in a social media post by Agriculture Minister, Clarence Rambharat on Wednesday night.
He wrote: Early this morning I received the good news that after several months of intelligence work, this female jaguar was surrendered and successfully transferred to the Emperor Valley Zoo. This follows information received earlier this year that a pair of jaguars was smuggled into the country and was being moved around from location to location. Intelligence sources believe the male died. Through intermediaries the female was surrendered. The Emperor Valley Zoo is currently conducting the appropriate examinations. In May 2019 I disclosed that a jaguar cub was surrendered to the Emperor Valley Zoo.
Jaguars are the largest of South America's big cats. They once roamed from the southern tip of that continent north to the region surrounding the U.S.-Mexico border.
Significant numbers of jaguars are found only in remote regions of South and Central America—particularly in the Amazon Basin.