SEEJ-AFRICA Notes: It was reported in The Star on December 8th, 2023, the two poachers/traffickers had been arrested in the Maralal area on December 8th.
- The suspects were not identified nor was it mentioned as to the weight of ivory.
- The reported value would typically indicate that the seizure was 12 kg but it has been noticed recently that KWS has become less consistent in their valuation.
- On November 14th, two men were arrested in the Maralal area with 36 pieces of ivory weighing 77 kg.
Two arrested, six pieces of Sh1.2m elephant tusks recovered in Samburu
Cyrus Ombati, The Star
December 8, 2023
Two suspected poachers were Wednesday arrested and six pieces of elephant tusks recovered in an operation in Maralal, Samburu
Police and Kenya Wildlife Service personnel said the suspects were trying to sell the tusks when they were nabbed on December 6.
The trophies were hidden in a sack when they were busted.
Police and KWS officials said they are investigating the source of the tusks.
It is suspected the tusks came from killed elephants through poaching in the nearby Samburu parks.
It is the latest such incident in the area amid concerns of rising cases of poaching.
Police said the two will be charged with the offence of being in Possession of Wildlife Trophies of Endangered Species Contrary to Section 92(4) of the Wildlife Conservation Management Act 2013………….