A suspected poacher has been arrested by the Kenya Wildlife Service officers (KWS) after being found in possession of an elephant tusk at Elerai area in Tsavo West National Park.
Papayo Ole Kesoi, who had a single elephant tusk is suspected to have been involved in murder of an elephant in Losoito within the park close to a month ago.
KWS officers in collaboration with multi-agency personnel, cross border teams and officials from Tanzania mounted intense investigation into the murder of the elephant.
The other tusk not found
Fortunately, their efforts bore fruits after landing on Papayo with his partner in crime who is believed to have crossed to Tanzania with the other tusk still at large. KWS has put in place mechanisms to eradicate all forms of wildlife crime, particularly poaching.
On December 3rd 2020 four suspects were arrested in Marsabit and Isiolo counties after being found in possession of elephant tusks. One week later, another man was arrested and detained in Migori County after being found with ivory worth KSh5.4 million.
Ivory trade continues to be a big challenge in Kenya despite numerous campaigns to safeguard her elephants. Kenya banned the sale of ivory in 2017, with reports indicating that milestones were achieved following a significant fall in the trade in China.
At least 20,000 elephants are killed annually in Africa for their ivory.