Thirty seven suspected poachers are in police custody following an anti-poaching raid by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers that netted 38kg of ivory, two rifles and 77 rounds of ammunition. Game meat weighing 472 kg was also recovered in the past one week of heightened anti-poaching operations.
A gang of four suspects escaped with injuries following a gun-fight with KWS rangers in Meru National Park on Monday (November 12, 2012). The rangers were in patrol when they encountered the gang, believed to be on a poaching mission in the park, when the shoot-out ensued. A rifle with 56 rounds of ammunition and three magazines of assorted rifles were recovered. The suspects are being pursued in the neighbouring villages.
In Nairobi County, at Noomanyi Village, a suspected poacher was arrested and a rifle with 21 rounds of ammunitions recovered on Monday (November 12, 2012). A suspect escaped arrest when he was intercepted transporting 280kg of meat for sale, believed to be of a snared zebra in Naivasha Township the same day.
At the same time, four suspects were arrested and 38kg ivory recovered in two separate crime incidents in Narok County. The suspects were arrested in Narok Township and 20kg of ivory recovered on Friday (November 16, 2012). Elsewhere in the same County, members of Olposmoru community surrendered 18kg of ivory to KWS officials on Tuesday (November 13, 2012). The surrender was a result of an ongoing community outreach effort by KWS to help in anti-poaching activities in the area.
In Laikipia County, three suspects were arrested and a fake rhino horn recovered at Rumuruti Township on Tuesday (November 13, 2012).
Four suspects were arrested at Nyango village in Taita Taveta County in connection with the spate of poaching in the neighbouring conservancies adjacent to Tsavo National Park. KWS has stepped up anti-poaching operations to rein in on the situation in the area.
Four suspected trophy dealers were arrested with 12 pieces of animal skins at Kitale Township in Trans Nzoia County on Saturday (November 17, 2012). They were found in possession of six leopard and six python skins.
Charges have been preferred against the suspected poachers and smugglers in various law courts.
KWS have done their job, will the courts do theirs? It appears from the above that communities are engaging with KWS more.