Impact

Our operations focus on the high-level criminals to achieve the biggest impact

Within four years of existence, we have conducted 24 wildlife crime investigations in 24 Asian and African countries across the supply chain, including source, transit and destination. We have sparked powerful results, disseminating 250 intelligence reports and helping to secure 93 arrests, focusing on high level criminals, those driving the trade.

In 2018, the work of the wildlife law enforcement authorities of India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mozambique and Viet Nam, had, with our help, a major impact on the trafficking of threatened and critically endangered species. 

We delivered intelligence and evidence, some from cases that had been ongoing for two years, which resulted on the arrest of 22 high-level traffickers and the seizure of hundreds of live animals and their parts. These results also helped to identify other key players along the supply chain.

WJC 2018 Timeline of Investigations Results

January 2018

OPERATION SCORPION
Arrest of two high-level traffickers in India. 474 live threatened Indian Star tortoises were seized. Matter still before the courts.

February 2018

OPERATION SCORPION

Arrest of a kingpin and two high-level traffickers in India. 406 live threatened Indian star tortoises were seized. Matter still before the courts.

OPERATION PANDORA

Arrest of one high-level trafficker in Mozambique. 12 elephant tusks (equal to 6 elephants) were seized. Matter still before the courts.

OPERATION MEDUSA

Arrest of four high-level traffickers in Viet Nam. Nearly one tonne of ivory seized, estimated to equal 97 elephants. Largest ever seizure of ivory by the Environmental Police in Viet Nam to date. Matter still before the courts.

March 2018

OPERATION PANDORA
Arrest of five high-level trafficker in Mozambique. 2 elephant tusks were seized. Matter still before the courts.

July 2018

OPERATION CAESAR

Arrest of one high-level trafficker in Malaysia. Three live baby orangutans were seized. Matter still before the courts.

OPERATION TYPHOON

Arrest of one high-level trafficker in Lao PDR. Matter still before the courts.

September 2018

OPERATION CAESAR

One live baby orangutan was seized. Matter still before the courts.

OPERATION PLUTO

Arrest of one high-level trafficker in Viet Nam. 780 kg of pangolin scales, estimated to equate to more than 2,000 live pangolins, were seized. Largest ever seizure of pangolin scales by the Environmental Police in Viet Nam to date. Matter still before the courts.

October 2018

OPERATION SCORPION

Arrest of four high-level traffickers in India. 582 live threatened Indian Star tortoises and two vulnerable African Spurred tortoises were seized. Matter still before the courts.

2018 outputs from the WJC Intelligence Unit