Poacher Killed, Tusks Recovered in Tsavo Park

One elephant poacher was killed a week ago while another was injured by rangers in the Rhodesia Rhino Valley area of Tsavo West National Park.

The post was filed by Liz Wamba from the International fund for Animal Welfare's office in East Africa.

Rangers with tusks from a bust earlier in the year in Tsavo West . c. N. Grosse-WoodleyOne elephant poacher was killed a week ago while another was injured by rangers in the Rhodesia Rhino Valley area of Tsavo West National Park.

The injured poacher escaped and the rangers are still looking for him. The area is also the Intensive Rhino Zone in Tsavo for the endangered black rhino. The two poachers are suspected to have been on a rhino hunting mission when they were spotted by the rangers.

Two elephant tusks were seized from the poachers. Also recovered were seven poisoned arrows, two axes and two machetes. The poachers were also carrying food and utensils for subsistence purposes while on their hunt.

This incident comes barely a month after another security operation that saw three poachers from Tanzania killed in the same Park.

Tsavo is home to the single largest elephant population in Kenya, and the Park’s sheer size and proximity to Somalia and Tanzania make the elephants vulnerable to poaching. For almost five years, IFAW has been supporting Tsavo’s anti-poaching patrols by providing rangers with much-need vehicles, fuel, tyres and radio equipment, all used to protect elephants from armed poachers.

Photo c. N. Grosse-Woodley

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