Monday, August 31, 2020

"Elephant poacher sentenced to 30 years in Congo prison"

From News Corp. August 28:

It’s the first time the criminal court in the central African country has sent a poacher to prison.
A Congolese elephant poacher believed to have been responsible for the killing of as many as 500 of the vulnerable species in the past 12 years has become the first person sent to jail for doing so in the Central African country.

Mobanza Mobembo Gerard, also known as Guyvanho, was found guilty by the criminal court of the Republic of Congo last week.

Local authorities investigating his crimes found he led a team of more than two dozen poachers....

A couple other stories of law & justice from 2019:

Rhino poacher trampled to death by elephant before being devoured by pride of lions 
The charismatic megafauna that plays together stays together.

From Scallywag and Vagabond, Apr. 6: 

Rhino poacher trampled to death by elephant before being devoured by pride of lions at South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Accomplices charged with illegal hunting.
A rhino poacher seeking prey in South Africa’s Kruger National Park has been killed after being trampled to death by an elephant before being eaten by a pride of lions leaving behind his skull and a pair of pants. 
Three of the man’s friends ran away after the victim was crushed by the elephant and rang his family....  
‘…this sends out a powerful message to poachers that you will not always be the winner’.

In an unrelated case via SA Breaking News, Apr. 6:
Grahamstown Rhino Poachers sentenced to more than 500 years

And an older story from Scallywag and Vagabond:
Orphaned baby rhino attempts to make grey jeep his new mom.