Two poachers were arrested with six ivory points in Mounana, in Gabon’s Haut-Ogooué province (south), a police source said on Monday.
The two suspects, both of Gabonese nationality, were arrested in Mounana where they were preparing to leave for Libreville, the capital of Gabon.
Informed by the populations of their unusual presence, the Eaux et Forêts agents organized an investigation which led to their arrest. They were carrying a travel bag in which they had concealed tusks and organs, risking up to 10 years in prison each.
Due to ivory poaching, elephants are threatened with extinction in many places in Gabon. Their population in Central Africa has declined by more than 60% over the past ten years.