25 March 2013

Kenya Wildlife Service Arrests Two Poachers, Seizes 25 Kilograms of Ivory

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) arrested two suspected poachers and recovered four elephant tusks weighing 25 kilograms in the Chumvi area of Laikipia County on Saturday evening (March 23rd), Kenya's The Standard reported.

"We suspect they were on the way to sell off the tusks when they were accosted by our personnel," said KWS Assistant Director for Mountain Rift Conservation Area Aggrey Maumo, adding that the suspects are likely responsible for a recent spate of elephant killings in Laikipia North district. He said a third suspect escaped during the operation.

"We are working in collaboration with the police and the Criminal Investigation Department with the aim of arresting more suspects," he said. "We believe the suspects had left rifles which they use to kill elephants since they were going to source for a market for the tusks."

The arrests come one week after poachers killed a black rhino who had recently delivered a calf at Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The calf was airlifted to Lewa Conservancy for care.

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