#Nigeria


Scales from 11,000 Pangolins Seized in Hong Kong from Nigeria

Nigeria – The Nigerian Minister of Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, has opened an investigation into the seizure by the Hong Kong Customs Service of 7,100 kilos of pangolins scales – representing approximately 11,000 pangolins, according to Pangolin Conservation. “The Ministry has initiated the investigation of the reported illegal trade by communicating officially with the Hong Kong CITES Management Authority with a view of furnishing the documents that will be forwarded to INTERPOL for further investigation.”, […]


Attempted Smugging 357kg Pangolin Scales Discovered at Vietnam’s Noi Bai Airport

Customs officers detected two consignments containing pangolin scales at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on April 4. The consignments were transported from Ghana to Noi Bai on February 27. Recently, many consignments of pangolin scales were uncovered at the airport, including one from Cameroon containing 357kg of scales. The traditional use of pangolin scales to treat blocked milk ducts is touted by a number of websites online, but doctors of traditional medicine said scientific […]


GOOD NEWS: Pangolin DNA Database is Being Developed to Combat Smuggling

This week at the IUCN conference it was announced that the Center for Conservation Biology, at the University of Washington in Seattle, was awarded a grant as part of the USAID Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge. One of 4 grand prize winners. Sam Wasser, Ph.D., and graduate student Hyeon Jong Kim will develop non-invasive genetic tests. Which will allow field researchers to identify what populations and regions poached pangolins originated from. These tests can be instrumental to […]

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Nigerian Customs Arrest Two Attempting To Smuggle Pangolin Scales & Ivory

Lagos, Nigeria – The Nigerian Customs Service has intercepted 678 pieces of elephant tusks and 381kg of pangolin being smuggled out of the country by some Chinese citizens at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos. The airport Customs command said it arrested two Chinese nationals over the attempt to smuggle out the prohibited items. According to the Customs, the attempt by the Chinese nationals contravenes Schedule 6 of the Nigerian Exports Prohibition List, which prescribes […]


500 Kg Pangolin Scales Found at Kenyan Airport

Kenya- 500 kilograms of Pangolin scales worth Sh300 million have been recovered at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). The consignment which seemed to not have an owner was nabbed at the KQ cargo area and was then taken into KWS custody. Investigations revealed that the scales were being shipped from Conakry, Guinea to Lagos, Nigeria. The Cites Management Authority in Conakry, Guinea (Ministry of Water, Forests and Environment) stated that the documents which were found alongside […]