News Stories (Focused Conservation)

Operation Fish Eagle nets 3 additional arrests for abalone

Information provided by the South Africa Investigative Liason for the Operation Fish Eagle investigation resulted in a search warrant for property suspected involved in the trafficking of abalone in East Cape, South Africa. During the May 11, 2023 search, authorities found abalone on drying racks and three (3) suspects were arrested, to include one (1) …

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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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Abalone valued at $110,000 USD seized in South Africa

Operation Fish Eagle is an multi-agency investigation into the trafficking of abalone in Eastern Cape, South Africa. On May 2, 2023, with assistance from the South African Investigative Liason, the team monitored and intercepted suspect vehicles which resulted in the seizure of 9398 units of abalone valued at $110,000 USD. The driver escaped,however two (2) …

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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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Giant Ground Pangolin Skin seized in Uganda

On April 15, 2023, the Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit (UWCU) led a multi-agency operation known as Operation OXYGEN. The UWCU operatives infiltrated a criminal enterprise that were involved in trafficking of pangolin skins in Gulu, northern Uganda. After confirming the trafficker was in possession of one (1) giant ground pangolin skin, the female trafficker was …

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