A jaguaran named Pupo is at the center of an effort to help reintroduce the endangered animal to the United States.
Pupa is one of more than 2,000 animals that were imported into the United Sates by U.N. peacekeepers during the Second World War.
In a bid to save the species, U. S. officials were looking to the jaguarin’s natural habitat for a source of food, and the United Nations was looking for the jazarin to help with the distribution of food and supplies.
Pups were kept in captivity for nearly two decades in South Africa before being shipped to the West.
The U. s. and South Africa were working to establish the United Arab Emirates as a place where they could breed and raise jaguaris.
During the process, the United Kingdom was a key partner in the breeding effort, as was the United states, which was looking to secure a source for jaguarine eggs.
After the war ended, the javas’ population declined to just 500,000, and they are now found only in zoos and zoos have only recently been reintroduced into the wild.
They are still listed as critically endangered, but there is hope that the jivas might one day be considered for the endangered species list.
“They are very important to the conservation effort in the world,” said Michael J. Fiedler, director of the Javan and Pacific Conservation Program at the National Zoo.
“There is a lot of excitement around the potential of reintroducing them, and that excitement is fueled by a lot more work being done than was needed at the time of the war.”
The Javan Wildlife Trust is one organization working on the reintroduction of the jivas.
“The javans are one of the few species that can be reintroduced to their native habitats with minimal effort,” said John S. K. Fiebert, a conservator at the Trust and a conservation biologist with the U of S. Department of the Interior.
The Javas are not native to the islands of Mauritius, but their habitat is now expanding south into the Gambia and Senegal.
In the past decade, conservation efforts in Senegal and Mauritius have helped bring a population of the native java back to its native range.
In 2017, the Javans were relocated to Senegal by the Senegal Wildlife Service.
While the javan’s numbers have decreased, the Trust believes that it’s important to continue the efforts to get them back in the wild so they can continue to be a part of the world’s natural ecosystem.
“We need to make sure that these javads are a part to the ecosystem, and to keep them as part of that ecosystem,” Fieber said.
“It’s not something we can just take away.”