Elephants poaching down by 95 per cent

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officials have said poaching of elephants in Tsavo and Mkomazi National Parks has reduced by 95 per cent in the last one year.

Addressing a cross-border meeting in Voi on Saturday, KWS assistant director George Osuri and Mkomazi National Park chief warden Marco Moeli attributed the decline in poaching to enhanced joint cross-border security operations.

The meeting brought together stakeholders from Tanzania and Kenya to discuss cross-border challenges facing the conservancies. Osuri sought urgent eradication of illegal ivory trade, saying it was promoting poaching of elephants and rhinos for their tusks and horns. “We are not yet out of the woods because there is still a market for the products,” he said.

Osuri said poaching, human-wildlife conflict and influx of cattle into the parks were major challenges facing the conservation areas. On his part, Moeli said conflicting policies between the two countries were being addressed at the East African Community level to come up with a long lasting solution. Radio collar tracking devices have also helped in conservation.

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