from MAVHUTO BANDA in Lilongwe, Malawi
LILONGWE, (CAJ News) – MALAWI wildlife law enforcers have arrested over 150 poachers during operations at the Southern Africa country’s main game reserve over the past year.
A further 36 arrests have been made as a result of cross-border operations, including 27 convictions while another seven cases are currently in court.
Operations by the anti-poaching commando unit in the Kasungu National Park is aimed at curbing criminalities at the park located west of Kasungu,
about 175 km north of Lilongwe, extending along the Zambian border.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), one of the largest animal welfare and conservation charities in the world, which has collaborated with local rangers, said the arrests were effected between March 2016 and last month.
In February alone, the anti-poaching unit made 12 arrests. Among those arrested are urban-based ‘chop shops’ where ivory is processed for export
to end users.
Matt Destremau, IFAW law enforcement advisor, said operations had been successfulwith only one elephant lost to poachers in the past 15 months.
“This is an astonishing improvement over the four to five elephants found poached in Kasungu each month prior to the establishment of the unit.”
– CAJ News