The Kenya Wildlife Service said they were confident of catching the 10 poachers who are alleged to have killed a family of elephants in Tsavo National Park.
First of all, the area where it happened is some distance for them to exit the park. They will require more than a day, so we are positive. We mobilised before they exited. We are on the ground and also doing aerial surveillance.
The number of poachers has increased. There are a number of reasons for this. The prices of ivory in the black market is encouraging and has indeed attracted a lot of poachers and players.
Because the whole business of poaching and trafficking in ivory is actually a cartel and poachers are just one link of the chain.
Illegal poaching in Africa is being fuelled by a growing demand for ivory from wealthy consumers in China, and across Asia.
The poachers who slaughtered 12 elephants at the weekend were likely big-time gangsters fuelled by consumer demand in the Far East.
A family of 12 elephants has been killed and their tusks hacked off in the worst recorded incident of ivory poaching in Kenya's history.