The management of Nyungwe National Park has burnt hunting materials seized from poachers in the park along with 150 kilograms of elephants’ tusks worth over Rwf 238 million.
The burning act has taken place in Bushekeri sector of Nyamasheke district. Set ablaze equipments include hunting spears, elephants’ tusks, traps used to hunt animals, spades, picks and bows among other materials used in mine extraction seized from Nyungwe during patrols of tracking poachers.
One kilogram of elephant’s tusk costs USD 2000 which means burnt 150 kilograms of tusks are worth USD 300,000 (around Rwf 238 million).
The Manager of Nyungwe National park, Rugerinyange Louis has said that the initiative was meant to mobilize all residents to preserve the ecosystem in the park.
“Burning these materials including elephants’ tusks is meant to show poachers and others intending to hunt that elephants’ tusks have no great value rather what is needed is the elephant and other animals,” he said.
“It is a mobilization aimed at showing citizens that it is necessary to protect the environment and the ecosystem in Nyungwe National Park and there is a hope to attain it,” he added.
Rugerinyange explained that there are more 200 kilograms which are waiting to be burnt when court cases related to them close.