Tanzanian citizen arrested with 62kg of ivory at airport in Kinshasa
The struggle against illicit ivory continues... A Tanzanian citizen, Oriko Oliford was arrested yesterday at the N'djili international airport in Kinshasa with about 62.5kg of ivory.
The ivory which is believed to have been poached in the many porous national parks of the #DRCongo were hidden in secret compartments of his Laguages.
The suspect was immediately arrested after security services confirmed that it was indeed illicit ivory and the scientific department of the ICCN (Institutions Congolais pour la conservation de la nature) was informed.
The cargo and it's alleged owner were to board a flight to #Malaysia at the time of arrest.
The date of appearance in court has not been set as yet.
This is the second arrest in the country in just a period of a month. A few weeks ago another 10 kgs of ivory was intercepted at the Congo-Rwanda border near #VirungaNationalPark.
The DRC is one of the countries affected by poaching if #AfricanElephants. In the last twenty years, it's said that the number of elephants in the DRC has dwindled by 80percent.
These kinds of incidents are heartbreaking to the entire conservation fraternity in the country, more especially when efforts of conservation were beginning to yield positive results in some parts of the country.
Two years ago, WCS team announced the good news that the individual elephants count in #SalongaNationalPark was increasing and that there were more and regular sights of forest #elephants in this protected area.
GMFER and Conserv Congo *Picture, courtesy of Alfred Ntumba