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Ivory trafficking, transnational organized criminal networks in eastern and southern Africa, 2009–2020, and the emerging new threat

by Dan Stiles Abstract Beginning in 2008 the poaching rate of elephants and rhinos began to rise noticeably in eastern and southern Africa. The poaching …

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Democratic Republic of Congo – 2 arrested with almost 500 kg of ivory

December 9th, 2022: Officers of the L’Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (DRC) with support from DRC NGO, ConservCongo, arrested 2 men with …

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The Kromah Conviction – The Solution Needs to Come From African Courts

It was a mistake.  Ten tons of ivory and 190 kilograms of rhino horn sold over a seven year period, according to the indictment.  It …

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Killing of Ranger Protecting Rhinos Raises Fears for Conservation Efforts

by Rachel Nuwer, New York Times Head Ranger Anton Mzimba, KWS Warden II Bajila Kofa, KWS Asst. Warden Francis Oyaro, Lt. Col Leroy Bruwer, and …

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Wildlife Trafficking Accused, Abdi Hussein Ahmed, Arrested 3 Years Later

Last member of indicted ‘West African Cartel’ arrested. SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: Kenyan national, Abdi Hussein Ahmed, was arrested on August 1st, in Meru County, for wildlife …

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Mozambique Investigators and Wildlife Justice Commission Bring Down Rhino Horn Trafficker

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: On or about July 27th, 2022, the Mozambique Serviço Nacional de Investigação Criminal (SERNIC) with support from international wildlife investigative NGO, Wildlife Justice …

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The violent death of Timbavati ranger Anton Mzimba mourned by conservationists worldwide

By Tembile Sgqolana Daily Maverick The murder this week of 49-year-old Timbavati ranger Anton Mzimba has caused an explosion of grief and anger, with many calls …

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Tanzania – Husband and Wife Charged with Trafficking 413 Ivory Pieces from 2019 Seizure

SEEJ:AFRICA: On July 20th, 2022, Tanzania media reported that Abdul Abdallah and his wife, Salma Mshamu, appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court for allegedly …

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#1. June 2002 Singapore – 6333 kg of ivory tusks and 40,000 ivory hankos

The following is written by Julian Newman of the Environmental Investigation Agency on the 20th anniversary of a milestone ivory seizure made in Singapore.  It …

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EIA court report on Nigeria prosecution relating to 7.1 tonnes of pangolin scales and 846 kg of elephant seizure.

June 23rd, 2022:  This report by Justin Gosling of the Environmental Investigation Agency is believed to be the first of its kind relating to a …

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Mansur Mohamed Surur Pleads Guilty to Wildlife and Drug Offences in New York Court

Moazu Kromah and Amara Cherif pled guilty to wildlife offences in March and April. The following is the press release from the United States Department …

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UGANDA – Senior Army Officer Arrested with Large Elephant Tusk

Lt. Col. Ariko Robert UPDF, was arrested at his home in Katakwi district, northeast Uganda, close to the Kenyan border. SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: The Natural Resource …

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Uganda – Yemeni National Arrested at Entebbe Airport with 15 kg Rhino Horns

By RONALD MUSOKE The Independent  May 29th, 2022: The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) canine unit has arrested a Yemeni national with 26 pieces of rhino …

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INVESTIGATION: Inside Nigeria’s shocking wildlife crimes and how culprits escape justice

Analysis of wildlife crimes data, supported by numerous interviews, finds evidence of systematic failure by Nigerian law enforcement and the judicial system to hold wildlife …

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Another Nigeria Seizure Makes it almost 24,000 kilograms of Pangolin Scales in a Year

Nigeria Customs with Wildlife Justice Commission support arrest four with 839 kg of pangolin scales and 145 kg of ivory. SEEJ-AFRICA Thumbnail: Nigerian Customs and …

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#48. No Justice in Sight – EIA Report on Uganda Ivory and Pangolin Scale seizure of 2019

SEEJ-AFRICA Thumbnail: EIA report details how a heralded major success is heading for almost total failure through: Lack of multi-agency coordination Lack of evidence (aka …

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Nigeria Customs and Wildlife Justice Commission Deal a Blow to the West African Cartel. An Overview.

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: On Wednesday 28th July, 2021, based on a surveillance and intelligence operation headed by the Wildlife Justice Commission, a Netherlands headquartered NGO, the …

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Nineteen Rhino Horn Seized – Dawie Groenewald Arrested Again, Makes Bail Again

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: On July 17th, 2021, Johannes (Dawie) Groenewald, known as one of South Africa’s rhino cartel leaders, was arrested with 19 rhino horn.  He …

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The “Ivory Queen” Wins Second Appeal but Not Her Release

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: On May 31st, 2021, the Tanzanian High Court sent the case of a Chinese national and renowned ivory trafficker, Yang Fen Glan, back …

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A Spectre of Corruption – The “Shetani” Ivory Case

The ivory trafficking case of “Shetani”, profiled in documentary “The Ivory Game” was likely corrupted. It began as a whisper.  An ambiguous and innocuous headline, …

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Uganda – Four Police Officers Arrested in Two Separate Incidents

Four Police Officers Arrested over Illegal Trade in Ivory SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL: The Uganda Special Wildlife Crime Unit has made arrests of police officers in two …

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675 kg of Ivory From Gabon Seized in Cameroon.

Ivory Found in Vehicle with Hidden Compartment SNAPSHOT: On October 22, 2020, Cameroon officials stopped a vehicle 30 kms north of the Gabon border found …

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“Rhino Court” with 100% poacher convictions closed for reasons unknown.

This ‘rhino court’ had 100 percent poacher convictions. Why was it closed? By Laurel Neme – National Geographic SeeJ-AFRICA Thumbnail In March 2017, Skukuza Regional …

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Chinese Wildlife Crime Syndicate Sent to Jail in Malawi

From the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) SEEJ-AFRICA: This is, without doubt, a conviction of note.  As noted by EIA Executive Director Mary Rice: it required …

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Elephant Poaching is not decreasing in most of Africa

Press Release: Elephant Poaching is not decreasing in most of Africa Forwarded from Journal of African Elephants Kasane, Botswana – New research led by Elephants Without …

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Lin Yin Hua and 8 Others Convicted of Wildlife Trafficking crimes in Malawi

Malawi court convicts 7 Chinese, 2 Malawians on wildlife crimes: Sentencing July 3 June 21, 2020 Harold Kapindu -Nyasa Times The Lilongwe Magistrate Court  on …

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Chinese National awaits rhino horn trafficking decision in Malawi Courts

Ivory/Rhino Horn Trafficker Lin Yun Hua still before Malawi Court Final witness testifies against Chinese in Malawi wildlife crime case Editor’s Synopsis:In December 2017, Chinese …

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