March 18, 2019

NIAMEY: Three Nigerian poachers were arrested in Niger with a massive haul
of slaughtered game from W National Park which straddles the borders of
Niger, Burkina Faso and Benin, officials said on Sunday.

Forestry agents discovered elephant tusks, giant snake skins and the
carcasses or heads of various animals including buffaloes and monkeys
loaded into two vans in Niger’s southwestern Dosso region bordering the
park, a statement said.

They also seized a dozen hunting rifles, machetes, six bicycles and various
chemical substances, it said. Dosso state governor Moussa Ousmane praised
the operation as “an unprecedented… exploit for our agents”.

The park, a UN World Heritage site covering some 10,000 square kilometres,
contains a vast wealth of fauna and is an important migration sanctuary