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UWCU’s Operation Bungonia Thwarts Pangolin Trafficking in Uganda

In Uganda, the Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit (UWCU) recently executed Operation Bungonia, a highly successful law enforcement initiative targeting wildlife traffickers. The operation centered on intercepting the trafficking of a live pangolin and pangolin skin, a testament to the ongoing efforts to combat illegal wildlife trade.

Three wildlife traffickers were apprehended during the operation. They had traveled to Moroto in northeast Uganda, where they met with UWCU investigators posing as potential buyers. The live pangolin, concealed in a metal box on the back of a motorcycle, was intercepted before it could be traded illegally.

Despite being dehydrated and sustaining minor injuries, the Ground pangolin received prompt medical attention from UWA rangers and was eventually released back into its natural habitat. This swift action by the wildlife crime unit not only saved the pangolin’s life but also prevented another protected species from falling victim to illegal trafficking.

Operation Bungonia underscores the dedication of UWCU and its partners in safeguarding Uganda’s wildlife heritage. Such proactive enforcement efforts are crucial in combating the illicit wildlife trade and ensuring the conservation of endangered species.

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Operation Chewton: Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit Leads Arrest of Elephant Ivory Trafficker

In a commendable effort led by the Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit (UWCU), Operation Chewton achieved a significant breakthrough in the fight against wildlife trafficking. Acting on intelligence, the multi-agency team, comprising members from the UWCU, Uganda Wildlife Authority, and Uganda Police Force, swiftly responded to the identified ivory trafficker in Kyambogo, near Kampala. Through coordinated efforts, the team successfully apprehended the suspect and seized a total of 24.1 kilograms of elephant ivory intended for illegal sale. This operation underscores the unwavering commitment of Uganda’s law enforcement agencies to combat wildlife crime and protect endangered species.

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Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit Rescues live Pangolin in Operation Brim Crackdown

n a law enforcement operation on February 15, 2024, the Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit (UWCU) executed a successful takedown of a notorious wildlife trafficking ring, rescuing a live white-bellied pangolin from the clutches of traffickers. Undercover operatives, posing as buyers, orchestrated the rescue, leading to the arrest of four individuals involved in the illicit pangolin trade. The joint effort, spearheaded by officers from the Uganda Wildlife Authority and Uganda Police Force, marks a significant victory in the fight against wildlife crime.

The rescued pangolin, found severely dehydrated after being wrapped in a sack, is now under the care of experts from the Uganda Wildlife Authority and Biodiversity Alliance. Intensive treatment is underway, with the ultimate goal of releasing the pangolin back into its natural habitat. Additionally, authorities seized a sack containing 7 kilograms of pangolin scales, further disrupting the illegal trade network and safeguarding these critically endangered creatures.

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Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit Thwarts Ivory Trafficking Attempt Amidst Violence

In Uganda, the Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit (UWCU) showcased their unwavering commitment to combatting wildlife crime with a daring operation named Bodalla. This multi-agency effort resulted in the apprehension of three wildlife traffickers who were caught red-handed attempting to sell two substantial ivory tusks weighing nearly 75 kilograms. However, the operation was not without its perils, as the arrest team faced fierce resistance from both the suspects and a hostile crowd of bystanders, highlighting the dangers Wildlife Crime Units confront in their daily efforts to protect endangered species. Despite sustaining injuries, the courageous UWCU operatives and law enforcement personnel successfully carried out the arrests, underscoring the dedication and bravery required in the fight against wildlife trafficking.

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Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit’s Operation Bencubbin Leads to Arrest of Elephant Ivory Traffickers

On February 6, 2024, a successful multi-agency operation spearheaded by the Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit (UWCU) culminated in the apprehension of two individuals involved in trafficking elephant ivory near Murchinson Falls National Park. Acting on intelligence, UWCU operatives initiated contact with the traffickers and arranged to purchase approximately 26 kg of ivory. Upon the arrival of the contraband via motorcycle, the suspects were promptly arrested. Alongside the arrests, law enforcement authorities seized both the ivory and the motorcycle, further denting the illegal wildlife trade in the region.

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Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit’s Operation Beg Nets Four Ivory Traffickers

In another victory against wildlife crime, the Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit (UWCU) orchestrated Operation Beg, a well planned multi-agency operation that led to the arrest of four individuals involved in the illicit trafficking of elephant ivory. Undercover operatives from the UWCU posed as buyers, engaging with the traffickers in a strategic location near Kasangati. Negotiations ensued, resulting in the offer to sell approximately 15 kilograms of ivory. Upon apprehension, a thorough search revealed additional contraband, including a large pangolin skin, and resulted in the seizure of the vehicle utilized by the traffickers. This decisive action showcases the UWCU’s unwavering dedication to combating wildlife crime and safeguarding Uganda’s precious natural heritage.

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Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit’s Operation Armadale: Trafficker Arrested and Pangolin Rescued in a Successful Joint Operation

In a remarkable collaborative effort, the Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit (UWCU) executed Operation Armadale, resulting in the apprehension of a wildlife trafficker and the rescue of a live Ground Pangolin. Coordinated by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and the Uganda Police Force, the arrest unfolded in Kampala after a meeting with the seller. The trafficker is set to face charges before the Special Wildlife Crime Court. Despite the pangolin being severely dehydrated with minor injuries, dedicated efforts are underway to nurse it back to health, with the ultimate goal of releasing it back into its natural habitat once it can thrive independently. This successful operation highlights Uganda’s commitment to combating wildlife crime and safeguarding its precious biodiversity.

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“Operation Barmah Triumph: UWCU Seizes 46 kgs of Elephant Ivory in Covert Operation”

In a significant triumph against wildlife trafficking, the Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit (UWCU) spearheaded Operation Barmah on January 23, 2024, resulting in the confiscation of 46 kilograms of elephant ivory. Operating undercover, UWCU operatives, supported by officers from the Uganda Wildlife Authority and the Uganda Police Force, posed as potential buyers during a meeting with the wildlife trafficker in southwest Uganda. The operation unfolded at a large compound where the illicit ivory was stored. A swift and coordinated search not only led to the seizure of the contraband but also resulted in the arrest of an individual present at the scene. The apprehended subject has been transported to Kampala to face charges, marking another successful chapter in UWCU’s ongoing efforts to combat wildlife crime and preserve Uganda’s precious biodiversity.

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Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit’s Success: Operation Babinda Leads to Arrest and Seizure of 78 kgs. of Ivory

In a groundbreaking operation on January 21, 2024, the Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit unveiled Operation Babinda, culminating in the apprehension of a wildlife trafficker attempting to sell six pieces of elephant tusks. Ingeniously concealed within a shipment of bananas, the illicit cargo weighed 78 kilograms. The swift and strategic action of the dedicated team operating in Western Uganda resulted in the successful seizure of the ivory, thwarting the illegal trade and reinforcing the unit’s commitment to wildlife protection. This achievement stands as a testament to the relentless efforts of the Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit in combatting the illegal wildlife trade.

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“Operation Ventnor: UWCU Strikes Against Hippo Tooth Trafficking Near Queen Elizabeth National Park

In a decisive move against wildlife trafficking, the Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit (UWCU) executed Operation Ventnor, focusing on the illicit trade of hippo teeth. Operating near the Queen Elizabeth National Park, officers engaged with a trafficker in Rwimi, uncovering a disturbing attempt to sell hippo teeth. In a multi-agency collaboration, the operation unfolded as one trafficker brought forth a sack containing a 72 pieces of hippo teeth. The male subject was promptly arrested, marking a crucial intervention in the illegal wildlife trade, and subsequently transported to Kampala to face charges in the Special Wildlife Crime Court.

Operation Ventnor not only reflects the UWCU’s unwavering commitment to combat wildlife crime but also sheds light on the persistent challenges faced in protecting vulnerable species. The trafficking of hippo teeth poses a severe threat to these majestic creatures, and the successful apprehension of the trafficker underscores the significance of proactive law enforcement efforts. As the UWCU continues to take decisive actions against wildlife trafficking, Operation Ventnor stands as a testament to the dedication and vigilance required to safeguard Uganda’s diverse and endangered wildlife.

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