2 May 2012
Categories: Homepage News, Elephants Campaign News
A monthly update on press coverage of the international illegal ivory trade.
This month’s seizure figures represent at least 19 dead elephants, bringing the total since this time last year to at least 3,228…*
? April – Kenya
A British business man is arrested and on 12th April charged with possession of an undisclosed amount of ivory while attempting to leave the country. Full report
19th April – Kubisera area, Isiolo County, Kenya
Two elephant tusks are recovered along with weapons and ammunition when four suspected paochers are arrested following engagement with wildlife rangers. Full report
19th April – Rumuruti, Laikipia County, Kenya
3kg of ivory, eland meat, a rifle and ammunition are seized and two suspected poachers arrested. Full report
21st April – Kapenguria-Ortum Road, West Pokot County, Kenya
In a shoot-out with wildlife rangers, one of whom is injured, five poachers are killed and 50kg of ivory, three rifles and ammunition recovered. Full report
25th April – Suvarnabhumi Int’l Airport, Bangkok, Thailand
In boxes sent from Nigeria and labeled as containing gemstones, customs officials locate 22 whole and 44 pieces of tusks. Full report
29th April – OR Tambo Int’l Airport, Cape Town, South Africa
Two bags bound for Hong Kong are found to contain two tusks. Full report
African elephant poaching news this month includes reports of continued poaching in Tanzania’s protected areas, with the latest casualties of 8 poisoned elephantsbringing the official death toll to 87 so far this year.
* Customs authorities and police agencies can only do so much – seized tusks, carvings, chopsticks and jewellery represent a small percentage of all the illegal ivory in trade at any point in time. It has been estimated that in order to supply this total amount, 38,000 elephants – at least 8% of the entire African elephant population - are being killed annually.