27 February 2013

Tanzanian Police Offer Reward for Poaching Information

Tanzanian police have promised a "large reward" for information leading to the capture of suspects who abandoned in their car 18 pieces of elephant tusks valued at 29.4 million shillings ($18,000), Tanzania's The Guardian reported Wednesday (February 27th).

A tip-off led police to pull over the suspects' vehicle Saturday evening in Udzungwa Mountain National Park. The occupants of the vehicle fled, leaving the ivory, said Morogoro regional police commander Faustine Shilogile.

The ivory was likely taken from the Ifakara or Mahenge areas, where at least nine elephants were killed recently, said chief conservator at Udzungwa Mountain National Park Vitalis Turuka.

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