Hippo poaching has recently intensified within some of Uganda’s 10 national parks, according to new evidence. Ranger reports and a new aerial survey show hippo numbers have dropped, and the bodies are often missing—telltale signs of poaching. The findings raise new concerns for the safety of the vulnerable animals.
Read the article in National Geographic by Dina Maron.
With support from Focused Conservation, the Liberia Special Wildlife Investigation Unit seized 7 crocodiles and 2 monkeys during an operation that resulted in the arrest of 2 subjects.
Focused Conservation assisted with training new rangers for the MARA Elephant Project.
With support from Focused Conservation, the Kenya Wildlife Task Force has been critical in the effort to save the protected Sandalwood.
Dr Patricia Raxter, a senior illegal wildlife trade analyst at US-based NGO Focused Conservation, speaks about bushmeat trafficking and the potential for zoonotic diseases.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to investigate, arrest and prosecute the criminal syndicate operating in Africa involved in trafficking rhino horns, elephant ivory and narcotics. With the help of partner agencies, the investigation resulted in the arrest of Moazu Kromah and others involved in the criminal trafficking of rhino horns, elephant tusks and heroin.