MORE IVORY TRAFFICKING ARRESTS IN LAST 7 MONTHS THAN THE PRECEDING 7 YEARS

Congratulations to both Malawi Police Service and the Department of National Parks & Wildlife who have together made 62 arrests for ivory trafficking in the past 7 months.  In comparison just 58 arrests were made between 2008 and 2015.  That’s an average of 8.7 arrests compared to a previous average of less than one.  In total, 101 arrests for ivory trafficking were made in 2016, with 955 kg of ivory confiscated from the criminals.

The use of intelligence-led investigations and the cooperation between government agencies has been key influencing factors in he .  Malawi was recently confirmed as Southern Africa’s principal transit route for wildlife traffickers, but Malawi is fighting back.  These statistics show how Malawi has started to disrupt these trafficking chains.

Lilongwe Wildlife Trust are the local NGO partner for both the Wildlife Crime Investigations Unit and intelligence led investigations within the Malawi Police Service.