Man nabbed carrying ivory in suitcase
28 November 2013, 13:01
Nairobi - Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officers arrested a man who was carrying ivory weighing 30 kilogrammes in a suitcase in Nairobi.
The man was walking together with his two colleagues, who managed to escape, at the Globe Cinema roundabout before being nabbed by the officers, who had been tipped by members of public, Daily Nation reports.
Last week, a black rhino was killed by poachers at highly protected Lewa Downs Conservancy in Isiolo.
Poachers invaded Lewa Downs at midnight and sprayed bullets before removing the tusks from the rhino, leaving the security officers shocked.
Another rhino was killed at Ol-Pajeta Ranch in Laikipia within the same circuits in the region.
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) County Warden Michael Gichure said the poachers managed to escape despite hundreds of officers having been deployed to track them with the boost of choppers and intensified surveillance.
KWS said rising demand for ivory and rhino horn in Asia has caused a poaching crisis in recent years across Kenya in particular and Africa as a whole with over 1,000 rhinos having been killed on the continent in the last 20 months.
Kenya has also lost 21 rhinos and over 120 elephants to poachers since the beginning of 2013. Out of these elephants, KWS said, 37 were killed in protected areas while 80 were outside protected areas.
Last year, seven rhinos were killed by poachers in the larger northern circuit forcing the security officers to upscale the patrols and address the cartels behind it.
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