Daily Archives: December 14, 2015

Four Wildlife Traffickers Arrested in Cameroon (going to China?)

Four illegal wildlife traffickers were arrested on Sunday near the Yaounde-Nsimalen international airport in Cameroon, a wildlife agency official told Xinhua on Monday. The traffickers were found in possession of primate skulls and pangolin scales that they were about to export to their trading partners, said the Director of the Last Great Ape Organisation (LAGA) in Cameroon, Ofir Drori. “One primate trafficker was arrested with 18 primate skulls including gorillas and chimpanzee, two giant pangolin […]

Pangolin Smuggler Jailed for 5 Years – China

A court in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has sentenced a man to five years in prison for driving 26 smuggled pangolins from Vietnam into China, local authorities said Sunday. The man, an inhabitant of Dongxing City surnamed Tang, was also fined 50,000 yuan (7,745 U.S. dollars) by the Intermediate People’s Court of Fangchenggang City. The court said Tang was paid by smugglers to carry the pangolins in a commercial van across the China-Vietnam […]

Animals Crossing Eco-Link: Safe Passage for Creatures Over Busy Highway

The Sunda pangolin’s totter is slightly absurd. With its foreclaws hanging just off the ground, it looks like a miniature T-rex as it ambles along on its hind legs. The scaly mammal’s formidable foreclaws are built not for walking, but to rip open ant hills and termite nests. When in danger, it may curl into a ball, relying on its armour of scales to protect its conical head and delicate underbelly. But that armour is […]

Wildlife Smuggling Continues Unabated – India

Despite the police crackdown, wildlife smuggling and trade in parts of endangered animals continues unabated in the Kathmandu Valley. Sleuths of Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police nabbed two persons with a huge amount of pangolin scales from Chabahil today. The detainees are Tara Bahadur Rai (32) and Bhupal Rai (24) of Thakle-6, Okhaldhunga. Police confiscated 3.2 kg pangolin scales from them. According to officials, around 30 pangolins would have to be killed to collect […]