In Kenya, Justice Catches Up With Elephant Poacher

The elephant killed by Leyian and discovered by Big Life Foundation scouts. From this carcass, scouts and dogs tracked Leyian to his home.
The elephant killed by Leyian and discovered by Big Life Foundation scouts. From this carcass, scouts and dogs tracked Leyian to his home.

An elephant poacher in Kenya is finally behind bars, thanks to a local magistrate and coordination between the wildlife authority and two conservation partners.

In late 2013, community game scouts undertaking an anti-poaching patrol near world-renowned Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya came across a fresh elephant carcass.

Not surprisingly, the elephant’s two tusks were missing. The scouts, guided by tracker dogs and accompanied by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers, managed to track down the poacher, arrest him, and confiscate the two elephant tusks and python skin in his possession.

Kerumpoti Leyian at the time of his first arrest, with ivory and python skin.

The pursuit and arrest of Kerumpoti Leyian wasn’t celebrated for long. After posting bail, Leyian failed to show up for his scheduled court appearance and all but disappeared. This was a demoralizing blow to the scouts who tracked down Leyian and recovered the tusks before they could be smuggled abroad, likely to China, where they’d be cleansed of their bloody origin, polished, and carved.

In spite of the setback, the scouts, who operate with a team —> Read More Here

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