UWCU Operation Foils Elephant Ivory Trafficking Attempt

The Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit (UWCU) remains steadfast in its mission to combat illegal wildlife trafficking, with recent success in Operation Forster marking a significant victory. This multi-agency investigation saw UWCU operatives infiltrate a group of wildlife traffickers attempting to sell elephant ivory.

Pretending to be potential buyers, the UWCU team engaged with the traffickers near Fort Portal in Uganda and successfully purchased six large pieces of ivory that were hidden inside sacks of bananas. Upon examination, the cut pieces of ivory were revealed to be a pair of tusks from a single large African Forest elephant, weighing a total of 84 kgs.

The operation resulted in the swift arrest of three traffickers involved in the illicit trade. Subsequent investigation revealed that the elephant was killed within the confines of the Kibale Forest National Park, located in western Uganda.

Kibale Forest National Park, renowned for its vast tropical forests, is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including the critically endangered African Forest elephant, as listed by the IUCN Red List.

Investigators are now intensifying efforts to return to the crime scene to gather additional evidence, shedding light on the tragic consequences of senseless poaching. This successful operation underscores the UWCU’s unwavering commitment to protecting Uganda’s precious wildlife from exploitation.

Scroll to Top