East Africa's Elephants Under Threat

Four suspected poachers were arrested in Ngorongoro Conservation Area for allegedly plotting to kill elephants using poisoned pumpkins and watermelons, a tactic increasingly employed by poachers in East Africa with deadly effect.

Photo: The Star

Kenya Wildlife Service Rangers load elephant tusks: Officials attribute elephant poaching to a growing demand for ivory in the international market.

  • Kenya:   What's Becoming of Kenya's Wildlife?

    RNW Africa, 23 June 2012

    This week, members of a community living in the Kitengela area outside Nairobi National Park killed six lions after they attacked a number of their goats and sheep. The incident… Read more »

  • Kenya:   700kgs of Ivory Netted in Kenya

    Capital FM, 22 June 2012

    At least 345 pieces of elephant tusks weighing 745 kilograms were on Friday seized at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) by officials from the Kenya Wildlife Service… Read more »

  • Kenya:   Six Elephants Killed Every Week for Ivory

    The Star, 23 June 2012

    We are losing six elephants every week to poachers. KWS spokesperson Paul Mbugua says 133 elephants and 11 rhinos have so far been lost to poaching between January and May this… Read more »

  • Kenya:   33 Laikipia Elephants Killed in Six Months

    The Star, 22 June 2012

    Laikipia Nature Conservancy in Laikipia West has lost 33 elephants to poachers since the beginning of this year. The conservancy director Kuki Galman said poachers use jobless… Read more »

  • Kenya:   Three Elephants Killed in Tana

    The Star, 22 June 2012

    Three elephants were killed by poachers in lower Tana Delta Conservation last week. Residents said they heard gunshots in Ozi Ranch at night. Read more »