KWS rangers pursuing a Tsavo poaching gang (Kenya)

Kenya Wildlife Service — Kenya Wildlife Service

January 7, 2013

NAIROBI, KENYA (January 7, 2013) Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers are Monday (January 7, 2013) on hot pursuit of a poaching gang believed to have slaughtered and carted off ivory from eleven elephants. The poaching incident occurred on Saturday (January 5, 2013) at Bisadi area of Tsavo East National Park.

The entire family of twelve elephants have been confirmed poached and tusks chopped off. One of the discovered carcass belong to a juvenille elephnant estimated at two months. All the carcasses had bullet wounds.

The number of the poaching gang was not immediately established but initial reports indicate that a gang of ten are believed to be behind the latest poaching incident in the vast protected area. At 22,000km2 Tsavo is the country largest single contiguous ecosystem and home to an estimated 13,000 elephant according to 2011 census.

The gang is being pursued in the adjacent areas by a strong team of foot, canine and aerial units. We will update on this as soon as we have reports from the field.

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