Friday, August 16, 2013
Kenya nabs Chinese woman - 6.9kg of ivory recovered
A Chinese woman was arrested at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Wednesday night (August 14th) in possession of 6.9 kilograms of ivory worth 1.2 million shillings ($13,700), Kenya's The Standard reported. The middle-aged woman was due to travel to Hong Kong with the ivory, which was disguised as macadamia nuts. Airport Police Chief Joseph Ngisa said the woman was expected in court on Wednesday. "We are trying to establish where she stayed and if there is more ivory," he said. Kenya is working to stem illegal poaching, as 190 elephants and 35 rhinos have killed since the beginning of the year. In the Mara Conservancy, rangers announced the recovery of 10 kilograms of elephant tusks worth 2 million shillings ($22,800) Sunday following a tip-off from citizens, Kenya's The Star reported.