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Kenya Wildlife Task Force Foils Trafficking Attempt, Pangolin dies at hands of Traffickers

In Kenya, the Kenya Wildlife Task Force (KWTF) recently made a significant arrest in the Mahoo area of Taita Taveta County. Two traffickers were apprehended during a law enforcement operation as they attempted to sell a live Temminck’s pangolin. Intelligence gathered by the task force led to an attempted rescue of the pangolin, although tragically, the animal died the night before the arrests were made. An autopsy conducted by the Kenya Wildlife Service revealed that the pangolin had died from suffocation. This investigation has been dubbed Operation Roller.

Both suspects have been arrested and charged with violating provisions of the Wildlife and Conservation Management Act of Kenya. The Temminck’s pangolin is a species entirely terrestrial and commonly found in savannah and woodland habitats. Remarkably, this marks the seventh seizure of pangolin scales and a live pangolin made by the KWTF in the Taita area.

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Focused Conservation Joins Kenya Wildlife Service in Celebrating World Wildlife Day

In honor of World Wildlife Day, Focused Conservation had the privilege of participating in a special event hosted by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) at Nairobi National Park. The event brought together various partners and stakeholders dedicated to safeguarding Kenya’s rich wildlife heritage.

During the celebration, presentations were delivered by Embakasi School and the Young Muslim Association, showcasing innovative methods to mitigate human-wildlife conflict. These included the use of lion lights and drones, demonstrating a proactive approach to conservation challenges.

Highlighting the cultural significance of the occasion, children from Embakasi School captivated the audience with a Swahili song celebrating the hyena, adding a touch of local flair to the festivities.

Salim Ahmed Umar, serving as the honorary warden, shared insightful remarks with attendees, emphasizing the importance of collaborative efforts in wildlife conservation.

Focused Conservation reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to supporting wildlife protection initiatives worldwide. As part of this dedication, the organization continues to collaborate with partners like the Kenya Wildlife Service to ensure the preservation of biodiversity for future generations.

World Wildlife Day serves as a reminder of the importance of collective action in safeguarding our planet’s precious wildlife. Focused Conservation remains steadfast in its mission to protect and preserve the world’s natural treasures.

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Kenya Wildlife Task Force Cracks Down on Elephant Ivory Traffickers in Operation Buzzard

In a significant move against wildlife trafficking, the Kenya Wildlife Task Force (KWTF) launched Operation Buzzard, resulting in the apprehension of three individuals involved in the illegal sale of elephant ivory. This operation marks the first collaborative effort since the recent integration of a Kenya Wildlife Service officer into the KWTF.

The arrested individuals were found in possession of a pair of single tusks weighing a total of 27 kgs, suspected to have been sourced from at least two different elephants. They now face charges under Section 92(2) of the Wildlife and Conservation Management Act, highlighting the ongoing commitment to combatting wildlife crime in Kenya.

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Kenya Wildlife Task Force Makes Major Arrest in Sandalwood Trafficking Case

The Kenya Wildlife Task Force (KWTF) has achieved a significant breakthrough in the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking with the recent arrest of a police officer near Nakuru. This officer was implicated in a scheme to smuggle East African sandalwood, a species banned in Kenya and protected by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). The arrest follows a series of successful operations under Operation Dik Dik, during which over 600 kilograms of sandalwood were seized in September 2023.

Acting on intelligence gathered during previous operations, officers within the KWTF identified the police officer in question, leading to his apprehension on February 3, 2024, at his residence. A thorough search of his home uncovered compelling evidence linking him to the illicit trafficking of sandalwood. However, the operation did not come without its challenges, as KWTF officers had to navigate the threat of potential ambushes by the suspect’s criminal associates while transporting him to the police station.

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Operation Penguin results in more Sandalwood seizures in Kenya

In a continuing effort to combat illegal wildlife activities, the Kenya Wildlife Task Force (KWTF) has once again demonstrated its effectiveness in a successful law enforcement operation targeting the illegal trade in sandalwood. A vigilant team of officers, part of a dynamic multi-agency collaboration, intercepted a vehicle transporting approximately 500 kilograms of illicit sandalwood near Lodungokwe. The seized contraband led to the immediate arrest of two individuals involved in this unlawful activity. This decisive action not only curtails the illegal trade but also sends a strong message that the KWTF is unwavering in its commitment to preserving Kenya’s natural heritage.

The KWTF’s track record speaks volumes about its dedication to wildlife conservation and law enforcement. Since its inception, the task force has achieved significant milestones in Kenya, including the seizure of over 49 tonnes of sandalwood and 257 kilograms of elephant ivory through various law enforcement operations. These accomplishments underscore the KWTF’s pivotal role in safeguarding the nation’s biodiversity and serve as a testament to the ongoing battle against illicit wildlife trade in the region.

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