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Ivory Coast Arrests Six in Ring That Smuggled Parts of Elephants, Leopards and Pangolins

Officials in Ivory Coast said Thursday that they had broken up an international ivory-smuggling network, the second announcement of such a bust on the African continent this month.

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Ivory Coast Arrests Six in Ring That Smuggled Parts of Elephants, Leopards and Pangolins

Un douanier arręté pour braconnage en Côte d’Ivoire

An article in VOA Afrique on the Ivory Coast arrest at the end of October (in French):

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 Un douanier arręté pour braconnage en Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire : Saisie de 55 kg d’ivoire et de 46 queues d’éléphants à Abidjan

Une saisie de 55 kg d’ivoire, de 46 queues d’éléphants ainsi que 108 objets en ivoire a été réalisée à Abidjan, a annoncé mardi l’ONG EAGLE-Côte d’Ivoire, spécialisée dans la lutte contre le trafic d’espèces protégées.

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Côte d’Ivoire : Saisie de 55 kg d’ivoire et de 46 queues d’éléphants à Abidjan

Trafic d´especèces protégés : 78 pièces d´ivoire saises à Soumbédioune

Article in Le Quotidien on the arrest of ivory traffickers in Senegal.

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Trafic d´especèces protégés : 78 pièces d´ivoire saises à Soumbédioune

Lion and hippo teeth seized in Senegal's biggest ivory haul

Senegal has seized hundreds of figurines and clusters of lion and hippopotamus teeth as part of the biggest ivory haul in its history and arrested two men illegally selling the merchandise, sources involved in the operation said on Thursday. .

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Lion and hippo teeth seized in Senegal's biggest ivory haul

Arrests 'big step' in chimp trade battle

A series of dramatic arrests of notorious wildlife traffickers is being hailed as "one big step" against the illegal trade in baby chimpanzees.

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Arrests 'big step' in chimp trade battle

Guinea arrests wildlife trafficker who smuggled endangered chimpanzees for 30 years

Abdoul Salam Sidibe accused of selling live animals, including endangered chimpanzees, rare birds and parrots.

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Guinea arrests wildlife trafficker who smuggled endangered chimpanzees for 30 years

7 African Wildlife Trafficking Bust Stories from 2016

n January, we highlighted a selection of success stories from 2016 from one of our main partners in Africa, the EAGLE Network. The EAGLE Network (Eco Activists for Governance and Law Enforcement) is spearheading the fight against wildlife crime and corruption in a growing number of countries across Africa. The model for the EAGLE Network first took shape in Cameroon in 2003. At the time, there were virtually no arrests for wildlife crime across Central and West Africa. Since then, the EAGLE Network's efforts have shifted the baseline from zero prosecutions to the arrest of one major wildlife trafficker per week. Today, the EAGLE Network is active in ten countries across Africa, with more than 1,000 significant wildlife traffickers jailed to date. Read more about the EAGLE Network's operations across Africa and find out how this ties into our larger strategy to combat wildlife trafficking in Central Africa.

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7 African Wildlife Trafficking Bust Stories from 2016

How Saving One Chimp Led to a New Kind of Anti-Poaching Group

Protecting West Africa’s wildlife from poachers is all about making law enforcement and the courts work, says activist Ofir Drori.

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How Saving One Chimp Led to a New Kind of Anti-Poaching Group

On a mission to nab wildlife criminals

National Geographic introducing Emerging Explorer Naftali Honig, Wildlife Crime Investigator

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On a mission to nab wildlife criminals

Celebs go wild to stop illegal trade in animals

“Celebs go wild to stop illegal trade in animals” - article introducing new UNEP campaign, quoting Ofir Drori: “Illegal wildlife trade is an organized crime. Discussions have been done by biologists and politicians, now we need to have those who are experts in crime. We must also tackle the big fish (in the trade) and not the small guys.”

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Celebs go wild to stop illegal trade in animals

UN sanctions must target global kingpins in wildlife trade

“UN sanctions must target global kingpins in wildlife trade” - an article on UNEP decision on wildlife crime, quoting Ofir Drori.

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UN sanctions must target global kingpins in wildlife trade

Wildlife crime: Stealing animals to sell as pets

It is hell's roll call. Wild chimpanzee numbers in Benin - none; in Burkina Faso - none; in Togo - none. More yet may join the extinction list.

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Wildlife crime: Stealing animals to sell as pets

Der Fallensteller

“The Hunter” – an article about Ofir Drori in Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German)

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Der Fallensteller

La Chine fait main basse sur les forêts africaines

Article on exploitation of African forest by Chinese, mentioning Conservation Justice..According to Luc Mathot, the head of the NGO Conservation Justice, the author of an overwhelming report denouncing “an organized mafia laundering timber and corruption at all stages” (in French):

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La Chine fait main basse sur les forêts africaines

Gabon : des hauts fonctionnaires interpellés dans une affaire de trafic de bois précieux

Article in Jeune Afrique about the series of arrest of forest criminals in Gabon (in French):

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Gabon : des hauts fonctionnaires interpellés dans une affaire de trafic de bois précieux

Gabon: coup de filet chez les trafiquants de bois précieux

Article in RFI Afrique about the series of arrest of forest criminals in Gabon (in French):

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Gabon: coup de filet chez les trafiquants de bois précieux

Corruption and illegal trade in wildlife - Presentation by John E. Scanlon, 6th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention Against Corruption

EAGLE Network was mentioned by the Secretary General of CITES John Scanlon in his opening speech to the 6th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention Against Corruption:

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Corruption and illegal trade in wildlife - Presentation by John E. Scanlon, 6th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention Against Corruption

African Conservation Group With Unusual Mission: Enforcement

For years, Ansoumane Doumbouya was Guinea’s top official for wildlife protection. He was also the country’s representative to meetings of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Now he is in jail in Conakry, the capital, charged with conducting illegal international trade in the very creatures he was responsible for protecting, including chimpanzees, gorillas and bonobos.

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African Conservation Group With Unusual Mission: Enforcement

Corruption keeps Africa’s poachers in business

When police stormed a house in Brazzaville with sniffer dogs in March they knew what they would find. An undercover agent, posing as an ivory buyer, had been inside and bought a bangle made from elephant tusks for the equivalent of £50.

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Corruption keeps Africa’s poachers in business

CITES Secretariat confirms the arrest of former wildlife director in Guinea and applauds national authorities' work

> The CITES Secretariat has received formal confirmation from INTERPOL, an ICCWC (International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime) partner, that Mr. Ansoumane Doumbouya, the former wildlife director and head of the CITES Management Authority of Guinea was arrested on 14 August 2015 by the Police (the National Central Bureau of Interpol) for his suspected role in corrupt and fraudulent actions in the issuance of CITES export permits.

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CITES Secretariat confirms the arrest of former wildlife director in Guinea and applauds national authorities' work

Wildlife chief arrested as net closes on traffickers selling chimpanzees to Far East

A TOP African wildlife official is under arrest after an international investigation into the trafficking of chimpanzees to China.

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Wildlife chief arrested as net closes on traffickers selling chimpanzees to Far East

Plus de 400 kg d'ivoire saisis au Gabon et en Afrique du Sud

Des trafiquants ont été arrêtés au Gabon avec 150 kg d'ivoire braconné. Les douanes de l'aéroport de Johannesburg en ont elles saisi 267 kg.

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Plus de 400 kg d'ivoire saisis au Gabon et en Afrique du Sud

Moment an orphaned baby chimp is rescued after she was found in a tiny wooden box cowering from animal traffickers who had killed her mother

Animal traders had kept terrified three-year-old in the box for two weeks. They'd been trying to find a buyer for the chimp on lucrative black market. Men stopped at checkpoint trying to cross into Sierra Leone from Guinea. Guinea is a hub of wildlife trafficking, but prosecution rates are low

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Moment an orphaned baby chimp is rescued after she was found in a tiny wooden box cowering from animal traffickers who had killed her mother