Thursday 18 December 2014

Men killed elephants 'as revenge'

Laura Heaton Nairobi

Published 28/04/2014 | 02:30

Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) Chairman, William Kiprono speaks during a press conference on March 25, 2014 at the KWS headquarters in Nairobi. Kenya insisted today that it has not lost the battle against poaching, resisting calls from wildlife activists for the ongoing slaughter of elephants and rhinos to be declared a national disaster. The head of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) also dismissed allegations that known ringleaders of elephant ivory and rhino horn poaching were acting with impunity, citing dozens of arrests and prosecutions. AFP PHOTO/Tony KARUMBA        (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) Chairman, William Kiprono speaks during a press conference on March 25, 2014 at the KWS headquarters in Nairobi. Kenya insisted today that it has not lost the battle against poaching, resisting calls from wildlife activists for the ongoing slaughter of elephants and rhinos to be declared a national disaster. The head of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) also dismissed allegations that known ringleaders of elephant ivory and rhino horn poaching were acting with impunity, citing dozens of arrests and prosecutions. AFP PHOTO/Tony KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Three suspects will appear in court in Kenya today after six elephants, including four juveniles, were found shot dead in a private reserve, in one of the worst poaching incidents for several years.

A wildlife official said that it is thought that the killings were partly motivated by revenge against officials, as the calves, not having tusks, had no value to poachers.

If the poachers "were just pursuing ivory, they would have no reason for killing juveniles. They are trying to hit back at the authorities," the official said in a statement.

The adult elephants had their tusks removed.

A statement issued by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said its rangers exchanged gunfire with a group of poachers on Saturday evening after discovering the carcasses on Friday. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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