The Star (Nairobi)

10 December 2012

Kenya: Poachers Now Harvest Elephant Genitals in Bizarre Twist to Paoching in Northern Kenya.

Poachers in Northern Kenya are finding more to harvest from elephants other than just their tusks. They are now hacking off the foreheads of the poached beasts and at their genitals

There were two cases of elephant poaching reporte last week. The first incident occurred at Louwa Lo Nkishu on December 4 while the second happened three days later in Milango, both in Samburu area. The tusks and genitals from the first incident were recovered.

Over the weekend, another elephant was reported poached in the same area at Mlango near the Kipsing Gap, the spot where Isiolo Resort City is planned to be established.

In a recent testimony to the United States International Conservation Caucus Hearing (ICCH) in Washington, Ian James Saunders of the Tsavo Trust linked ivory poaching to terrorism.

Isiolo is now one of Kenya's poaching hotspots with insecurity in the region on an all time high. The elephants have been targeted along their migratory route through Samburu, Mount Kenya and the Aberdares.

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