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Rangers hunt for poachers of six elephants in Tsavo

28 April 2014, 14:06 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) says rangers are pursuing a poaching gang believed to have slaughtered and carted off ivory in a poaching incident on Thursday last week.

 According to a statement from the KWS, six elephants have been confirmed poached and three of the elephants’ tusks chopped off at Dawida ranch in the periphery of Tsavo East National Park.

“Three others, all juvenile, had their ivory intact and have been retrieved by KWS officers. All carcasses had gunshot wounds,” the statement read in part.

The gang is being pursued in the adjacent areas by a strong team of ground and aerial units.

“A team of GSU officers and other law enforcement agencies have joined the hunt for the gang in the adjacent areas,” the statement added.

KWS said the area is prone to livestock herding with a number of bomas scattered near the area of the poaching incidence, however, the number of the poaching gang was not immediately established but initial reports indicate that a gang of four is believed to be behind the latest poaching incident in the vast protected area.

A total of 65 elephants have been poached this year.

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