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Nigeria: Customs Arrests Expatriates Over Smuggling Of Pangolin Scales, Elephant Tusks

Nigeria: Customs Arrests Expatriates Over Smuggling Of Pangolin Scales, Elephant Tusks

By Yusuf Babalola, Leadership The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), on Sunday, arrested three Vietnamese and five others for attempted trafficking of 397.5kg pangolin scales and ivories through Nigeria. In a press statement made available to LEADERSHIP by the national public relations officer of the Service, Timi Bomodi, he said the interception were made in conjunction with the Wildlife Justice Commission (WJC). According to him, preliminary investigation revealed the three Vietnamese nationals are identified as high-ranking members of a major organised crime group involved in the trafficking...

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Kenya: Conservancies To Roll-Out Comprehensive Insurance For Community Rangers

Kenya: Conservancies To Roll-Out Comprehensive Insurance For Community Rangers

Wagema Mwangi, Kenya News Agency In November 2020, Corporal Joseph Ngeti, one of the longest serving community rangers working with Wildlife Works, a community-centered wildlife conservation company in Voi sub-county, was on a routine patrol in one of the project areas, when he was attacked by a rogue elephant. Conservancy rangers demonstrate how to give First Aid to a colleague injured in the line of duty at Kasigau Conservancy in Voi sub-county. Photo by Wagema MwangiHe died on the spot. Less than a month later on 8th December, Ms. Jessica Njeri, a ranger from the same company, would also...

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Gabon: When beekeeping reduces community pressure on the forest and wildlife

Gabon: When beekeeping reduces community pressure on the forest and wildlife

By Boris Ngounou, Afrik 21 In the provinces of Ogooué-Ivindo and Ngounié, located respectively in the north-east and south of Gabon, local communities are being introduced to the practice of beekeeping. Funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by Conservation Justice, the Reinforcement of Wildlife Law Enforcement (RALFF) programme aims to reduce the footprint of local communities on the forest and wildlife. Rural communities in Ogooué-Ivindo and Ngounié, two provinces in the north-east and south of Gabon respectively, now have an effective alternative to poaching and illegal...

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Illegal wildlife trade war gains momentum as experts get new fighting tips in Dar

Illegal wildlife trade war gains momentum as experts get new fighting tips in Dar

By Gadiosa Lamtey, The Citizen The second phase of a regional training, involving Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, that seeks to upskill enforcement officers in fighting illegal wildlife trade is currently underway in Dar es Salaam as international organizations buttress their efforts to combat maritime trafficking of wildlife between Africa and Asia. The past training programs were conducted in Mombasa, Kenya and in Arusha, Tanzania with the last one scheduled to be held in Uganda in October, 2022. The Conservation Commissioner of the Tanzania Forest Services Agency (TFS), Prof Dos Santos Silayo,...

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