Since 2016, Cte dIvoire has recorded at least five major events (seizures and/or arrests) related to wildlife trafficking.
The most recent of these occurred in January, with the seizure of a staggering 578 kg of ivory, and over half a ton of pangolin scales, leopard skins and other items. According to media reports, the pangolin scales were likely poached and harvested in Cte dIvoire, while the elephant tusks originated from countries in West, East and Central Africa.
These seizures and arrests are the result of multiple investigations aimed at dismantling networks of wildlife traffickers. These investigations are being carried out by the Ivorian authorities, notably the Transnational Organised Crime Unit (UCT) and the Ministry of Water and Forests. They are assisted by the EAGLE Network a non-governmental organisation that works to fight wildlife trafficking.
The seizures indicate that wildlife trafficking is a major phenomenon in the country, and while they highlight regional and international ramifications, they dont indicate the magnitude of the crime.
However, based on these reports and what is known about wildlife trafficking, this crime still seems smaller in scale in Cte dIvoire than other countries of the region (such as Nige...