Man arrested with live endangered pangolin

24 May 2016 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 24 MAY (NAMPA) - A 37-year-old Windhoek resident was Monday arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)'s Protected Resources Unit while in illegal possession of a live pangolin and two pangolin skins.
NamPol spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi told Nampa on Tuesday that the suspect was arrested at about 15h00 while at the Edumeds Building Complex along Independence Avenue.
The live pangolin was found in an office and hidden in a safe, while the pangolin skins were found hidden in a maize meal bag, also in the office unit rented by the Shimwe Security Company.
The suspect will be charged with two counts of having contravened Namibia's Nature Conservation Ordinance Act Four of 1975 for being in illegal possession of controlled wildlife products and Section 40 of the same Act in respect of illegally capturing a wild animal.
The suspect is expected to make his first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Luderitz Street on Thursday.
Covered in tough scales made of keratin like human hair and nails, pangolins are found across Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, and mostly eat ants and termites. The scales of the endangered species are dried and sold in Asia for cures to cancer and other health conditions. They are known for their sticky tongue that in some cases is longer than their body.