Man Arrested with 15 Kgs of Hippo Teeth

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In short
The hippo is a highly aggressive and unpredictable animal, ranked among the most dangerous animals in Africa due to the threat posed on them by habitat loss and poaching for their meat and ivory canine teeth.

Police in Rubirizi district has arrested a 38 year old man for being in possession of 32 pieces of hippopotamus teeth. The teeth weigh 15 kilogrammes.

Hussein Seka, 38, a businessman from Kasese town was arrested through collaboration with the Natural Resource Conservation Network, a Non-Government Organization that deals in the protection of endangered animal species. He is currently detained at Rubirizi Police Station.

Seka, believed to be a dealer in animal body parts, will be charged for possessing protected animal species contrary to Section 75 of the Uganda Wildlife Authority Act. He claims to have got the hippopotamus teeth from the Democratic of Congo-Uganda border.

Robinah Birungi, the officer in charge of the Criminal Investigations Department in Rubirizi district told URN in a telephone interview that the suspect was arrested in Katunguru town as he attempted to transport the tines to Rubirizi where he said, a businessman was waiting for the animal cargo.

Julius Odeke the Head of Media Relations with Natural Resource Conservation Network - NRCN, says cases of animal trafficking have of recent increased. He observes a need for public sensitization on the dangers of endangered wildlife trade and the need for conservation.

The hippopotamus is a highly aggressive and unpredictable animal, ranked among the most dangerous animals in Africa due to the threat posed on them by habitat loss and poaching for their meat and ivory canine teeth.

Like tusks, hippopotamus teeth, which can reach a length of 3feet (1 metre), are a major source of ivory.
 

 

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Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

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