Successful Multi-Agency Operation in Uganda Rescues Live Ground Pangolin

A recent operation led by the Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit (UWCU) successfully culminated in the arrest of two suspects involved in the unlawful ownership and attempted trafficking of a live Ground Pangolin in the Nakasese region of northwestern Uganda. This investigation was dubbed Operation Batesville.

On Saturday, May 25, 2024, UWCU operatives concluded a complex investigation into a wildlife trafficker offering a live Tree Pangolin for sale. Through a series of negotiations, the suspects arranged to meet with UWCU investigators posing as buyers. Upon confirming the presence of the animal, an arrest team consisting of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and Uganda Police Force colleagues swiftly moved in to make the arrests and rescue the animal.

The rescued animal, a Tree Pangolin identified specifically as a White-Bellied Pangolin, was found concealed in a large cardboard box by the suspects. Expert handlers from UWA promptly treated the Pangolin, ensuring its well-being before releasing it at a secure and appropriate location. This operation marks a significant victory in the ongoing fight against wildlife trafficking, highlighting the effectiveness of multi-agency collaboration in protecting endangered species.

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