Tanzania Nabs Elephant-Killer
'The Devil' allegedly slaughtered thousands of pachyderms
A special law-enforcement agency in Tanzania has arrested a suspected top elephant poacher following a yearlong manhunt. The National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit nabbed Boniface Matthew Mariango, a.k.a. “The Devil,” on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam.
“He is Tanzania’s most-wanted elephant poacher and ivory trafficker and directly responsible for the killing of thousands of elephants over the past years,” Elephant Action League reported:
Considered by NTSCIU to be the most prolific elephant poacher and ivory trafficker in East Africa, Mariango, 45, has managed over 15 poaching syndicates that have been operating throughout Tanzania, Burundi, Zambia, Mozambique and southern Kenya with impunity for years.
Mariango allegedly supplied blood ivory to Yang Feng Glan, a Chinese national whom NTSCIU arrested in early October on suspicion of smuggling ivory to trinket markets in Asia.
Poachers have slaughtered around 100,000 of Africa’s estimated 500,000 elephants in just the last few years. Revenue from bloody ivory sales funds terror groups including Al Shabab and the Lord’s Resistance Army.