Liberia Special Wildlife Investigation Unit

Strengthening Collaborative Efforts to Combat Wildlife Trafficking in Liberia

In a significant stride towards protecting Liberia’s wildlife, Technical Advisor Danny Murphy recently took part in a pivotal 2-day event organized by the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), and the Society for the Conservation of Nature of Liberia (SCNL). The event served as a platform to showcase the impactful work undertaken by Focused Conservation and the Liberia Special Wildlife Investigations Unit (SWIU). By presenting to a diverse audience including NGOs and law enforcement partners, the session fostered crucial dialogue aimed at bolstering cooperation to tackle illegal wildlife trafficking in Liberia.

Since its inception in May 2023, the Liberia Special Wildlife Investigation Unit (SWIU) has emerged as a formidable force in combating wildlife crime in the region. The team’s efforts have yielded remarkable outcomes, with numerous endangered and protected species, including chimpanzees, slender-snouted and dwarf crocodiles, lesser-spot nosed monkeys, sooty mangabees, pangolins, and African grey parrots, being seized as part of successful operations. The collaborative workshop not only highlighted these achievements but also laid the groundwork for enhanced collaboration, promising even greater success in safeguarding Liberia’s wildlife.

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SWIU’s Triumph in Operation RED: Multiple Arrests and Rescued Baby Chimpanzee

In a powerful collaboration with the Liberia National Police (LNP), the Special Wildlife Investigation Unit (SWIU) in Liberia coordinated Operation RED, achieving remarkable success. The operation resulted in the arrest of multiple individuals involved in wildlife trafficking and the successful rescue of a live baby chimpanzee in Liberia. Commencing with the initial arrest and seizure near Monrovia, the SWIU team, alongside their dedicated partners, pursued the investigation, leading to the capture of a second wildlife trafficker who had unlawfully possessed the chimpanzee. The Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue & Protection (LCRP) organization stepped in, ensuring the safe transportation and well-being of the rescued baby chimpanzee at the culmination of this impactful operation. SWIU’s dedication to combating wildlife crime shines through in this significant triumph.

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Op Papaya rescues endangered crocs in Liberia

The Special Wildlife Investigative Unit (SWIU) in Monrovia, Liberia, continues to make strides in combatting illegal wildlife trade. In a recent successful operation called Operation Papaya, SWIU acted as undercover buyers to apprehend a wildlife trafficker attempting to sell live endangered dwarf crocodiles. With support from NGO’s and law enforcement partners, the operation resulted in the arrest of the trafficker and the seizure of two live crocodiles. Currently under the watchful care of a local wildlife sanctuary, these crocodiles are receiving the necessary attention to rehabilitate them. The ultimate goal is to release them back into their natural habitat, underscoring the importance of dedicated efforts to preserve and protect endangered species.

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Successful Rescue Operation: SWIU Safely Retrieves Endangered Lesser Spot-Nosed Monkey in Liberia

In a recent triumph for wildlife conservation, Liberia’s Special Wildlife Investigative Unit (SWIU) accomplished the successful rescue of a juvenile Lesser Spot-Nosed Monkey in a law enforcement operation near Monrovia. The dedicated SWIU officers took swift action, liberating the young primate that was found tethered with a short chain around its waist. Acting on a valid warrant, the monkey was seized, and the owner was apprehended for the illegal possession of this endangered species.

The Lesser Spot-Nosed Guenon holds a special place in Liberia’s biodiversity, being endemic to the region. Unfortunately, these remarkable creatures face a grave threat from uncontrolled hunting for bushmeat, pushing them to the brink. Recognizing the severity of the situation, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has classified the Lesser Spot-Nosed Guenon as Near Threatened, underscoring the urgency of protective measures.

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Liberia Special Wildlife Unit seized live animals, including endangered crocodiles

On July 6, 2023, the Liberia Special Wildife Investigation Unit (SWIU) undertook an operation that resulted in the seizure of 7 crocodiles and 2 monkeys. Acting on information that the animals were being collected for sale to zoos, the SWIU executed a search warrant on the home of a high profile District Chairman who had

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Liberia SWIU arrest Ivory Coast national in Operation PEAR investigation

On June 27, 2023, acting on inteiligence from the Liberia Special Wildlife Crime Unit (SWIU), authorities arrested a Ivory Coast national in connection to the large scale pangolin scale investigation known as Operation PEAR. The subject was attempting to flee into Guinea before being arrested. Information suggests that this suspect is responsible for financing and

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Recovery of live Black-Bellied Pangolin in Liberia

On June 4, 2023, the Liberia Special Wildlife Investigation Unit (SWIU) acted on intelligence that a trafficker in Grand Gedah, Liberia was in possession of a live Black-bellied Pangolin. Upon arriving at the location, the trafficker had fled however the pangolin was recovered and taken to the Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary for care and recovery. The

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Large seizure of Pangolin scales in Liberia

Acting on intelligence, officers from the Liberia Special Wildlife Investigation Unit (SWIU) undertook a successful operation known as Operation PEAR. This investigation resulted in the seizure of 369 kilos of whte and black pangolin scales from the Grand Gedeh County area in Liberia. The operatives met with a regional buyer of pangolin scales who alleged

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