Three men will appear in court in Zimbabwe’s
resort town of Victoria Falls next week on charges
of trying to sell a live scaly anteater, state media
reported on Tuesday.
Pangolins, as they are also known, are
Poachers know that they fetch high prices for
their body parts, especially their scales, which are
used in traditional medicine in Asia and Africa.
The three were arrested after detectives based in
the resort town received a tip-off, the official
Chronicle newspaper reported.
They have been identified as Francis Phiri, 35,
Sweeter Muzamba, 28, and Jabulani Nyathi, 41.
The three were nabbed in a sting operation near
Victoria Falls Airport on October 27, with officers
posing as prospective buyers, according to the
Detectives asked the accused for water for their
car radiator, and found the pangolin in a box in
the back of the men’s car.
Two of the men sped off in the car and were only
arrested later. The men claimed they were on
their way to hand the animal over to the national
wildlife authority, the Chronicle reported.
They are due in court on December 15. Pangolin
poaching carries a sentence of up to nine years.
The pangolin was recovered in a high-density
suburb of the town.
In the past, pangolins would often be given to
President Robert Mugabe because they were
considered to be a gift fit for royalty. This no