The head of a national park in Liberia said recently that two men had been arrested for killing two protected elephants in northern Liberia.
The head of the Wologizi national park, John Flomo told AFP that the carcass of two elephants was found with their tusks still intact in Lofa county earlier this month.
He said that two suspects were apprehended over the weekend by the police while a third is still on the run.
“All animals in the park are protected by law, and anyone caught killing them has to face the weight of the law,” Flomo said.
According to the Elephant Research and Conservation (ELRECO) group this year, the West African nation with swathes of virgin rainforest is home to over 350 to 400 forest elephants.
The elusive animal is listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as critically endangered, threatened by habitat loss, and poaching for ivory and bushmeat.
Liberia has managed to safeguard the animals, imposing huge fines on anyone caught hunting in conservation areas. The government, on the other hand, launched a National Elephant Action plan in 2017.
But the conflict between humans and elephants is still ongoing, often triggered by hungry tuskers raiding crops, ELRECO’s Tina Vogt said.
Liberian police arrested a man in 2019 for allegedly killing four elephants in a rainforest in the southeast of the country.