7 elephants killed by suspected poachers in past two weeks in southern
Tanzania (Dar es Salaam)
May 14, 2022
Seven elephants have been killed in the past two weeks in Tanzania's
southern region of Ruvuma, 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
In the first incident, Konyo told a press conference, 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 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
The elephants were suspected to have been strayed from the Julius Nyerere
National Park that borders with the districts, said Konyo.