Tanzanian authorities have announced that an ongoing anti-poaching operation has so far resulted in 952 arrests in less than 2 months. Hundreds of firearms have been seized including high quality military grade weapons. 104 Kg of ivory has also been confiscated.
The Minister for Defense and National Service, Shamsi Vuai Nahodha, explained at today’s press conference that 631 firearms, including 13 military weapons and 1,458 rounds of ammunition have been seized during the operation jointly conducted by the Tanzania People’s Defense Force, Tanzania Police Force and Tanzania National Parks.
Tanzanian officials have boosted their actions again elephant poaching in the country over recent months since a report earlier in the year highlighted that the country could be loosing between 30 and 50 elephants a day to poachers.
The scale of the poaching is reaching a point where it is impacting on the tourism industry in the country.