Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

PAMS Foundation supports the National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit (NTSCIU) and the recently established Wildlife & Forestry Crime Task Force (WFCTF) under the Ministry of Natural Resources & Tourism, known as the

PAMS Foundation supports the National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit (NTSCIU) and the recently established Wildlife & Forest Crime Task Force (WFCTF) under the Ministry of Natural Resources & Tourism, known as the National Task Force: Anti-Poaching.

PAMS has provided vehicles, technical support and expertise, equipment, operational finance, training, logistical and other support to the Task Force. This enables them to undertake regular and ongoing Intelligence-led law enforcement operations and prosecution activities in the Ruaha-Rungwa, Katavi, Selous, Tarangire-Lake Manyara-Ngorongoro ecosystems and the urban centers of Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Dodoma.

Their work has been internationally acclaimed as arguably the best of its kind and has been extremely productive in terms of producing results. There have been unprecedented numbers of arrests, seizures, convictions and reductions in poaching produced from this effort. It is estimated that more than 65% (on average) of the major poaching syndicates operating in the Ruaha, Katavi, Selous, Tarangire-Manyara ecosystems, and more than 80% of their sponsors in the cities including Dar es Salaam and Dodoma have been dealt meaningful blows due to these operations. The impact of these operations has dramatically reduced the killing of elephants across Tanzania. 

One of NTSCIU’s most publicized cases involve the arrest and successful prosecution of Boniface Mariango, aka Shetani, “The Devil”, a notorious trafficker sentenced to 12 years in prison in March 2017. Shetani had a poaching network across five African countries responsible for the deaths of thousands of elephants. A second highly publicized case internationally is that of Yang Fen Glan, aka The Ivory Queen, who has been involved in wildlife crime in Tanzania for decades.

While these cases have received ongoing media attention, several others have been even more significant in terms of their scope, cracking syndicates that ran from East to West Africa and over to Southeast Asia.

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PAMS Foundation is proud to be associated with the development of best practice approaches internationally and in assisting the Tanzania government with achieving outstanding results, where these have been most needed. Thank you to our growing numbers of sponsors! Financial support provided for Tanzania through the PAMS Foundation is guaranteed to produce tangible and meaningful results.

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