Poachers killed five elephants, one mother and her four children, on Monday. The elephants were found with their tusks cut off Tuesday morning in Tsavo West National Park. The poachers crossed the border into the park through Tanzania and quickly returned to their base, which made them difficult to track. Between 2010 and 2012, poachers killed more than 100,000 African elephants.
This is not the only elephant poaching incident this month; 30 elephants were killed in Congo within 15 days before this incident. The illegal wildlife trade is valued at $7 billion to $10 billion annually.
Two suspects have been arrested. Security officials found a bloodstained ax and a hacksaw in one of their homes.