News Stories (Focused Conservation)

Live chimpanzee rescued, one arrest made in Liberia

On May 2, 2023, only 3 weeks after the Special Wildlife Investigation Unit (SWIU) was formed, the SWIU undertook an investigation of a prominent member of the Monrovia community who was unlawfully in possession of a chimpanzee. During the investigation known as Operation BANANA, the SWIU operatives were able to gain the trust and confirm […]

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27 kgs. of elephant ivory seized in Uganda – warning shots fired

The Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit (UWCU) led a successful multi-agency operation known as Operation PALLADIUM which resulted in the arrest of 2 suspects and the seizure of 27 kgs. of elephant ivory in Mitooma, Uganda. During the operation, assistance was requested from the Uganda Police Force who were deployed to provde security and cover for

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Traffickers arrested, ivory and pangolin seized in Uganda

Near Kotido District, Uganda, four (4) wildlife traffickers were arrested as a result of an investigation by the Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit (UWCU) known as Operation HARBOUR. The traffickers were engaged in selling a live Ground pangolin. Once arrested, a search resulted in the additional seizure of 9.5 kgs. of elephant ivory tusks. The Ground

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