KITALE (Xinhua) --
Authorities on Wednesday arrested three suspected
poachers and recovered six pieces of elephant tusk weighing 64
kg in northwestern Kenya.
Adan Alio, assistant
director for Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Western Conservation
Area, said a KWS team trailed the suspects after receiving
information from a member of the public.
“KWS team arrested
three suspects and recovered six pieces of elephant tusk
weighing 64 kilos in Makutano trading center on Wednesday,” Alio
told Xinhua. “The incident took place as a result of information
our team were following up for the last three weeks.”
The official said
the ivories recovered have a street value of 0.6 million U.S.
dollars. The suspects are from west Pokot and Bungoma counties.
The ivories could be
from West Pokot County, where two elephants were killed late
last year, Alio said.