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Kenya: Massive Killing of Jumbos Linked to Sabotage of KWS Director

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- 1935 days ago -
It is suspected that senior KWS officers colluded with the poachers. "KWS rangers were sent to the wrong direction in Tsavo before the elephants were butchered," said the officer.

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Evelyn B (79)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 9:20 am
Noted Tks. Jill... To me it sure sounds like an inside job....

Gudrun D (447)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 10:29 am
Jill this is from Kenya Wildlife Services website....

Suspected poacher gunned down in Tsavo, six elephants tusks recovered

Date Published: 27 Jan, 2013
One suspected poacher from Tana River County was shot dead on Friday night in one of the Taita Ranches after a fierce gun battle involving Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers.

An intensive hunt for five accomplices who escaped arrest is underway in Tsavo. Two axes, weighing scale, sufuria mosquito nets, three AK 47 rifles and 574 rounds of ammunition were recovered.

KWS director William Kiprono led a high powered delegation to the scene this morning and showed journalists the criminals' hideout. He warned poaching syndicates that their days are numbered and assured the public that the government had put all security agencies on red alert over the poaching menace.

Mr Kiprono described poaching as an assault against Kenya's national heritage and warned poachers that KWS was determined to protect and conserve wildlife at all costs.

He described the recovered items as "an armory in the hands of civilians" and "weapons of mass destruction".

The Director linked the increased poaching to criminals disguising themselves among herders in Taita Ranches, stockpiling of ivory for speculative purposes ahead of the CITES meeting in March in Bangkok and incredible demand for ivory in some Asian countries.

Mr Kiprono called on owners of private ranches like the one the suspect was killed and elephants tusks recovered to vet all herders and report suspected criminals to security agencies.

He clarified that the government had no policy to kill and gave priority to arresting suspects for prosecution in courts of law. "We are dealing with people ready to kill anybody who stands in their way."

Yesterday's killing brings to total of four suspected poachers killed in this week after the killing of three others in Shimba Hills National Park in Kwale.

The director said 2 suspects who had been arrested over the recent seizure of 638 pieces of ivory in Mombasa were arraigned in court and denied bail. Other suspects are being followed, Mr Kiprono said

He dismissed as diversionary any unsubstantiated claims of involvement of KWS staff in poaching. "The killed suspect is not KWS staff. We have internal mechanisms for dealing with any rogue employees and won't hesitate to take necessary action" he said.

Yesterday at 7pm in Naivasha, three Chinese nationals and a Kenyan driver were arrested as they tried to smuggle a dead spitting cobra out of Hells Gate National Park in Naivasha.

The suspects, who are workers of a construction company in the park, will be arraigned in a Naivasha court on Monday morning. They were booked at the Naivasha police station and are being held there.

Mr Kiprono assured visitors to the park of utmost security, saying all security agencies had been put on red alert.


Carol H (229)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 10:29 am
noted, thanks Jill

Ruth C (87)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 2:22 pm
The sad part is that those animals lost their live's.

Gabriela Baldaia (104)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 3:23 pm
This is heartbreaking ...

Mary T (178)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 4:20 pm
Heartbreaking all those animals had to lose their lives due to greed.

Laurie H (817)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 5:46 pm
Poor excuses for human beings----I cry for these gentle giants who are innocent and were killed for money---just sickened!~ Thank you Jill~~~~

. (0)
Friday February 1, 2013, 10:04 am
Money rules-animals die

Nancy Black (308)
Friday February 1, 2013, 12:33 pm
Noted, tweeted, tweeted, and shared. Obviously, this is an inside job and it is based on petty politics. If it can be proven, those who did this should be fired and put on trial.

Louise G (1)
Friday February 1, 2013, 1:52 pm
noted, thanks

. (7)
Friday February 1, 2013, 9:03 pm
Sickening, they just don't stand a chance with these poachers. Thanks Jill.

Christine S (134)
Friday February 1, 2013, 9:36 pm
Such sad news.

irene davis (74)
Friday February 1, 2013, 9:49 pm
At least there is some justice for the deaths of these beautiful, beautiful creatures. I hope they catch the others involved.

Teresa Cowley (274)
Friday February 1, 2013, 11:27 pm
IMO, definitely an inside job. The KWS rangers seem to be doing a pathetic job of protecting and saving the elephants. Of course, there's money to be made, and times are hard, don't like the new boss,etc, etc.
I'm sure there are some honest and dedicated rangers, and they hopefully outnumber the dis-honest ones, but some elements of criminal activity are the same the world over.
I'm afraid this "war" will never be won--the Chinese will pay to get their ivory by legal means or illegal ones;the elephants will always be seen as a commodity by those who want to sell the ivory; and the rangers sound as efficent and deadly as the three stooges.
I too mourn for these gentle giants--they are worth so much more than those who seek to kill them!! It just breaks my heart--and infuriates me!
Thank you Jill for posting and Philip for forwarding.

Ellen m (215)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 2:33 am
Instead of dealing with bribery and the like, I think this would be thre the perfect job for a security team from Blackwater..they'll be more than happy to shoot and kill every damn poacher they can find, and they could probably use the job ;-)

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 3:04 am
Why to kill?

Teresa Cowley (274)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 5:54 am
Good idea Ellen!

Tanya W (65)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 7:01 am
Noted. Damm them all!!!

Veronique L (209)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 8:40 am
Noted sad

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 6:43 pm
Life before Greed! Respect & protect life, it is a gift from God to every being!

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 1:31 am

Danuta Watola (1249)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 1:56 am

P A (117)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 8:58 am
Tried to give Ellen a star but the computer won't let me yet - sorry! Awful news - and pathetic response by deeply unpopular Director ""It is unfortunate..." - strewth!!

Buffy F (93)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 2:12 am
This is so sad!!! How long will it take for this to be stopeed!!!!:-(((
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