Kenya has started a no tolerance policy against poaching and is cracking down hard in order to protect its lucrative tourism business, which depends on an intact environment and sizeable wildlife numbers.
A combination of Kenya Wildlife Service anti-poaching personnel and other security organizations, successfully tracked down a group of poachers last weekend in the Kora National Park area, following a surge in poaching this year. The criminals were ambushed and engaged, killing one of them instantly, while some others managed to escape and are being pursued. Ivory was recovered by the officials, believed to originate from two elephant killed only days earlier, as were AK-47 assault rifles and ammunition.
Kenya is clearly showing the way to some of her neighbors still pondering how to go about instituting anti-poaching measures.