NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s wildlife authorities said they have seized 48
kilograms of ivory and 764 rounds of ammunition in the
past week of anti-poaching operations as the East
African nations is to curb the vice.
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said in a statement
issued in Nairobi on Monday that 46 suspected poachers have
also been nabbed across the country.
"In Isiolo County (eastern Kenya) a suspect was arrested
near Loseketeti River and 764 rounds of ammunition recovered
a motorbike he was using to ferry the cache was impounded,"
The East African nation is among countries in Africa where
poaching is rampant despite the vice having been outlawed in
the country in 1977.
Poachers target especially rhinos and elephants for their
tusks and skins, which fetch a lot of money in the black
market particularly in Asia.
Kenya is a popular destination especially for tourists from
The country is known for its great variety of wildlife,
which includes elephants, giraffes, wildebeests, lions,
cheetah and leopards.
These animals are protected in national parks.
KWS said 12 kilograms of ivory were recovered and a lorry
impounded on Nov. 6 and two suspects believed to have been
transporting the ivory escaped arrest during the incidence.
The agency has launched investigations are underway to
"Elsewhere in Kanjire village, Taita Taveta County, four
suspects were arrested and 26 kilograms of ivory and
assorted poaching weapons recovered.
"A vehicle was also impounded during the arrest," KWS
In Narok County at Malelo village, three suspects were
arrested and 10 kilograms of ivory recovered on Nov. 7.
The conservation group, the International Fund for Animal
Welfare (IFAW), recently raised concerns that the East African
countries are gaining a damaging reputation being a clearing
house for the illegal ivory trade.
IFAW Regional Director Eastern Africa James Isiche said
law enforcement authorities have to stamp out poaching and
work with other African elephant range states to seal off
ivory trafficking routes
"In the past five years, elephant poaching in Kenya and
other African countries has risen to unprecedented levels
while the trend of ivory seizures globally in the last two
years has been ominous," Isiche said in a statement on
Meanwhile, two suspected trophy dealers found in possession
of two rhino horns are in police custody after failing to pay
118,000 U.S. dollars bond at a Nairobi court on Nov. 13.
The two, Masila Sengu and Abdirahman Oda, were arrested
by KWS officials on Nov 12 in Eastleigh area in Nairobi
County and were jointly charged on three counts of being in
illegal possession of a government trophy, dealing and
failing to make a report to authorities.
The trophies weighing three kilograms have an estimated
street value of 177,000 dollars.
The suspects denied the charges and were to be released
on a bond of 118,000 dollars each with surety of similar
However, they have remained in police custody as they
failed to raise the bond value.
The hearing is set for Feb. 26, 2013.