Tanzanian police seize tusks from about 45 elephants, arrest two suspects

An elephant plays with dust after cooling in a pond during a census at the Amboseli National Park southeast of Kenya's capital NairobiTanzanian authorities seized tusks from about 45 elephants and arrested two suspects at their home in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, police officials said. Elephant poaching has been widespread in the East African country, which relies heavily on revenue from safari tourism, just when neighbouring Kenya has noted a steep drop. Tanzania's new president, John Magufuli, has pledged to root out poaching as part of a wider war on corruption, and to crack down on gangs that kill elephants and rhinos to feed Asian demand for ivory and horns for use in traditional medicines.

December 23, 2015 11:04 pm

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