Tanzanian authorities arrested more than 1,200 poaching suspects between the beginning of last year and March 2013, Tanzania's Daily News reported Thursday (July 18th).
Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism Spokesperson Yustina Malya said a total of 670 court cases had been opened in connection to the arrests: 272 of those cases concluded with 247 people fined a total of 175 million shillings ($108,000) and 71 people given jail terms totalling 99 years, while 398 cases involving 897 suspects are still ongoing.
She said security agencies during that time also collected 85 illegal rifles and 215 rounds of ammunition.
Malya implored Tanzanians to support the authorities in their fight against poaching by passing on any information they have about poachers and their activities.
"This is a fight that should not be left to the government alone, but the public must join hands and assist through tips and reports on the whereabouts of poachers," she said.