The Liuwa Plain National Park law enforcement team recently caught a poacher with a live pangolin. The African Parks’ team was approached by a community informer about two possible poachers with a live pangolin and one of the poachers was arrested in possession of the creature.
The ground pangolin proved to be a resilient fellow and survived five days being carried around in a sack. It was later released by senior law enforcement officer, Mr Tembo, back into the park.
The poachers intended to sell the pangolin’s body parts. The poaching of pangolins is a massive problem throughout Africa, so we must celebrate wins like these while remaining vigilant for the next time.
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