Police seize huge ivory haul worth €86m

Wed, Jan 16, 2013, 00:00

Police in Kenya have seized two tonnes of ivory worth 100 million shillings (€86 million), the biggest haul on record in the east African country, officials have said.

Poaching is a growing problem for sub-Saharan African countries reliant on rich wildlife in their game reserves to draw tourists.

Heavily armed criminals kill elephants and rhinos for their tusks, which are used for ornaments and in some folk medicines. Most of the elephant tusks smuggled from Africa end up in Asian countries, police say.

On January 5th, poachers killed a family of 11

elephants in the biggest single mass shooting of the animals on record in Kenya. – (Reuters)