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KWS recover illegal ivory, arrest 84 for poaching

Date Published: 28 Jun, 2012
KWS recover illegal ivory, arrest 84 for poaching

Some of the Elephant tusks recovered in the past

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers have recovered 43 pieces of raw ivory, arrested 84 suspected poachers and recovered two rifles and 159 rounds of ammunitions in the past one week.

The recovery comes barely a day after 345 pieces of  ivory weighing 601 kilograms, were seized at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, by KWS Canine unit, Police and Customs officials while being smuggled to Lagos, Nigeria on Friday (June 22, 2012).

Details of the recovery are as follows:

Four pieces of raw ivory and 140 7.62mm caliber ammunition were recovered at Rukinga Ranch in Taita Taveta County on Monday (June 18, 2012). Two suspected poachers were arrested with 35 pieces of ivory, two leopard skins and four pieces of elephant’s teeth at Kikwasuni, in Makueni County on Wednesday (June 20, 2012). Four other pieces of ivory were recovered and a suspect arrested at Kasigau, Taita Taveta County the same day.

At Olmoran in Laikipia County, three suspects were arrested and two rifles with 19 rounds of ammunition recovered on Saturday (June 23, 2012). Another suspect was arrested and a motorbike impounded while ferrying 100 kg of zebra meat in Naivasha town on Tuesday (June 19, 2012). A python skin was also recovered and a suspect arrested at Ewaso Nyiro in Narok County on Sunday (June 24, 2012)

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