Successful Operation Alamosa: Live Black and White Colobus Monkey Rescued

A multi-agency operation led by the Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit (UWCU) culminated in the arrest of a suspect and the rescue of a live Black and White Colobus Monkey. Under Operation Alamosa, operatives successfully concluded an investigation into the illegal sale of the protected animal.

On Wednesday, June 12, 2024, the UWCU team traveled to Lira, central Uganda, posing as buyers to negotiate with a trafficker offering the live Black and White Colobus Monkey. The meeting took place on Thursday, June 13, at a lodge in Lira City, supported by colleagues from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and Uganda Police Force (UPF). The female suspect was arrested after producing the monkey from a small bag.

The rescued animal, identified as a Black and White Colobus Monkey (Colobus Guereza), is a protected species in Uganda. Despite not being endangered, these monkeys are becoming increasingly scarce due to habitat loss and human-animal conflict. The young female monkey, less than a year old, was found dehydrated and hungry but in otherwise good condition. It was transported to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) in Entebbe for rehabilitation and assessment of its suitability for release.

The UWCU’s decisive action, based on intelligence, saved the monkey from further mistreatment. The suspect will face charges in the Special Wildlife Crime Court in the coming days.

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