Suspected Poachers Kill Seven Elephants in Southern Tanzania

By The Weekly Vision Online

Seven elephants have been killed in the past two weeks in Tanzania’s Ruvuma region, police said Friday. Joseph Konyo, the Ruvuma regional police commander, said the seven elephants were found dead in two separate incidents in Namtumbo and Tunduru districts.

In the first incident, Mr Konyo told a press conference that five elephants were found dead on May 1 in a forest in the Hanga area in Namtumbo district. “Police could not find poachers who killed the jumbos, but they managed to recover five tusks weighing 44 kilograms,” he said.

In the second incident, Konyo said, police found two dead elephants in a forest in the Tunduru district on May 10 where they recovered four tusks and eight pieces of tusks weighing 20.4 kilograms. He said three suspected poachers were arrested in connection with the second incident. The elephants were suspected to have strayed from the Julius Nyerere National Park that borders the districts, said Konyo.

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