VIDEO: Joint INTERPOL Operation WORTHY takes down ivory traffickers

In 2012, INTERPOL and the International Fund for Animal Welfare teamed up to execute Operation WORTHY, an law enforcement operation with a mission to go after the criminals involved in the illegal trade in elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn.

I was in Zambia with our IFAW crew on the first day of the operation when undercover investigators seized nine crocodile skins and five pairs of ivory tusks.

More ivory was confiscated the day after I left.

Government law enforcement officers and INTERPOL agents arrested more than 200 people, seized almost 2 tons of ivory, 20 kilos of rhino horn and military-grade automatic weapons.

Also seized were lion, leopard and cheetah pelts, crocodile and python skins, live tropical birds and turtles and other protected species.

More than 320 officers from agencies including police, customs, environmental protection, veterinary services, airport security, ministries of tourism and prosecuting authorities took part in the operation. They investigated wildlife traffickers and criminal syndicates in domestic markets, ports, shops, border crossings and at roadside checks.

Find out more about Op WORTHY in the video above and many thanks for your support of our efforts.

--KA

Comments: 4

 
Anonymous
1 year ago

I know this is a very difficult task, but I think you're doing a great job to save the elephants and the wildlife in Zambia...and all the other countries in Africa.

 
Anonymous
1 year ago

Continue the good fight IFAW!

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

You are doing amazing work---- keep it up and don't be lenient on the evil ones. Thank you so much.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Very well done..Keep up the good work.

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