Smugglers trying to ferry some $40 million worth of elephant ivory tusk in Nairobi were nabbed by Kenyan authorities, who confiscated the haul of 131 pieces.
"The ivory was hidden in a water tanker lorry that was parked at a petrol station on Langata Road," Paul Mbugua, a spokesman for the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), told Anadolu Agency. "The lorry looked like it had broken down."
Police Special Crimes Prevention Unit and KWS officers were tipped off to the incoming move, and arrested two suspects – a Kenyan and a Guinean national. The seizure is particularly important in Kenya -- a country which the paleontologist Richard Leakey recently said is experiencing a "national disaster" because of elephant and rhino poaching.
30 elephants were poached from January to March this year in Kenya, following the 302 that were lost the previous year. Roughly 38,000 elephants still remain in the country.