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Illegal Ivory Trade May 2012 News Round-up

11 June 2012

Categories: Homepage News, Elephants Campaign News, CITES News

This month’s seizure figures represent at least 251 dead elephants, bringing the total since this time last year to at least 3,180…*

3rd May – Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe 
Rangers and Border Control Unit officers impound 4 tusks, a rifle, knives and axes, making 5 arrests of poachers suspected to have killed 2 elephants and buried the carcasses after removing their tusks. Full report

5/6th May – Nr Garsen, Tana River county, Kenya
Following an exchange of fire between rangers and two gangs of 6 poachers each, two tusks with a rifle, magazines and bullets are recovered. Full report

9th May – Kariba, Zimbabwe
A vehicle attempting to escape a routine police patrol plunges into a ditch and the three occupants arrested following the retrieval of two tusks. Full report 

14-18th May - Mashonaland West Province, Zambia
A poacher is killed in a gun battle with rangers and 6 tusks are recovered. Full report 

15th May - Bedford Gardens, Johannesburg, South Africa
Acting on a tip off by text, police storm a house to find an elephant tusk, 10 rhino horns and a large amount of cash. The Vietnamese man present is arrested. Full report 

19th May – Hwange National Park, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe
Following an exchange of fire with 6 suspected poachers, wildlife rangers seize 22 tusks. Full report

19th May - Conakry, Republic of Guinea
A collaboration between the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Env, Water and Forests, police and  leads to the seizure of 800 pieces of ivory carvings and tusks and the arrest of six major dealers. Full report

21-27th May - Binga, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe
A poacher is shot dead by rangers and 28 tusks are seized.  A rifle and ammunition are also recovered. Full report 

21-27th May - Kotombora, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Rangers seize 22 tusks and injure a poacher in an exchange of fire. Full report

22nd May – Colombo Port, Sri Lanka
Intelligence reports from Kenya of 3 suspect containers shipped from Mombasa lead to the seizure of 359 tusks packed with dried fish inside a container and labeled as scrap plastic. In an effort to avoid detection, the container was intended for onward shipment to Dubai before being sent to its intended final destination. Full report

27th May - Marsabit Central, Kenya
Following an ambush, a man transporting 11 pieces of raw ivory on a motorcycle is arrested. Full report

? May - Kamtonga, Mwatate District, Kenya
Wildlife rangers seize 2 tusks and arrest a man suspected of previous poaching incidents in the area. Full report

? May - Kinangop, Nyandarua county, Kenya
Acting on a tip off, wildlife rangers pose as buyers and arrest three attempting to sell 42kg worth of tusks. Full report

African elephant poaching news this month includes…the unearthing of 7 elephant carcasses in an Indian Tiger Reserve and a statement by wildlife officials indicating that since 2007 around 5,000 elephants had been poached from the area around one national park in the Republic of Congo. Protected Areas are no guarantee of safety...

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* 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.

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