57 elephant tusks recovered, 16 arrested in Namibia


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Police in Namibia have recovered 57 elephant tusks and arrested 16
people for poaching since March this year.

Namibian Police Deputy Inspector General for Operations James Tjivikua
told media Tuesday that 32 elephant carcasses were found during the
period, of which 11 were said to have been killed by poachers.

He said they also recovered six unlicensed guns and 151 rounds of ammunition.

According to Tjivikua, the arrests and the recoveries were carried out
in three national parks — Bwabwata, Nkasa Rupara and Mudumu — all in
the Zambezi region, about 1,200 kilometers from Windhoek.

Although he said the operation so far has been a success, Tjivikua
called on communities to “remain vigilant and continue to protect our

“The public at large is once again urged to continue providing
information pertaining to poaching activities to the police,” he said.