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Elephant poacher arrested at Liwonde National Park

Liwonde National Park rangers have apprehended a poacher and confiscated a rifle and eight rounds of ammunition which they say the culprit wanted to use on a mission to kill elephants at Masanje area in the park.

Liwonde National Park Manager Alick Makanjra confirmed the apprehension of Kadyenera Pofera.

Pofera who comes from Mpasuka Village, Traditional Authority Kawinga in Machinga claimed he borrowed the rifle from a policeman at Malombe in Mangochi.

Elephants are among the big five animals in the park whose population is about 700.

In the meantime, Liwonde National Park is investigating the issue.

Recently Liwonde National Park destroyed a heap of wire snares and gin traps which poachers had been setting to kill animals including elephants.

Wild life organisation, Operations Safe Haven, is implementing a project in the park aimed at protecting wild life and training game rangers to deal with poaching.

In June, game rangers at the park shot 27-year old Julio Ernest after found him in a rhino sanctuary armed with a panga knife and an arrow.

Ernest threw an arrow at the rangers prompting them to shoot him on the left leg.

He was referred to Zomba Central Hospital for treatment.

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