A known ivory trafficker that killed more than 500 elephants has been sentenced to serve 30 years of hard labor in prison.
Mobanza Mobembo, a well-known poacher, killed 500 elephants in 12 years for their ivory, which is found in their tusks.
According to a court in the Africa’s Republic of the Congo, the poacher also tried to kill a number of park rangers during his killing spree.
Mobembo will be serving 30 years in prison for his horrible crimes.
According to the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), the poacher had killed more than 500 elephants since 2008.
The trial of Mobembo and his sentencing marked the first criminal conviction of a wildlife trafficker in the Republic of the Congo.
Prior to this environmental crimes, suspects were tried in civil courts and incurred only 5 years in prison as it was the maximum sentence.
Emma Stokes, the regional director of the Wildlife Conservation Society, said that the sentence of Mobembo will send out a strong message that wildlife crime will not be tolerated anymore.
The attempted murder charges against Guyvanho were connected to a 2019 incident when his poacher group fired at and wounded members of a ranger patrol in Nouabale-Ndoki National Park.
The Nouabale-Ndoki National Park covers 4,000 square kilometers (1,540 sq miles) of the northern Republic of the Congo.
The dense lowland rainforest has been a refuge for the rare forest elephants of the region.