The men were arrested by agents of the National Agency for National Parks following a tip-off from a security official, as they ate roasted elephant trunk for breakfast.
After searching their home, officials also found pieces of ivory, elephant meat, antelope horns and pangolin scales, species fully protected by law in the country.
According to statistics from the National Agency for National Parks, Gabon has lost more than 10,000 forest elephants in 10 years due to poaching.
Illegal activities by Chinese workers in Africa have been on the rise in recent times. Some few months ago, thousands of Chinese Nationals in Ghana were repatriated for involving in illegal gold mining.
- Elephants slaughtered to provide ivory to China (chinadailymail.com)
- 14 Chinese workers arrested in Gabon over elephant trunk breakfast (wildlifenews.co.uk)
- Plea to UN over slaughter of Africa’s elephants (thetimes.co.uk)
- Clintons Pledge $80 Million to Fight Elephant Poaching (ecorazzi.com)
- The Future of Africa’s Elephants: Out with Arguments Old, In with Choices Bold (newswatch.nationalgeographic.com)
- Poachers Responsible for Killing 81 Elephants Get 15 Years and an $800,000 Fine (inhabitat.com)
- Harvest Natural may sell Gabon stake for $137M (kansascity.com)
- Major repeat offender elephant poacher faces just 1 year jail (wildlifenews.co.uk)
- Demand Harsher Penalties for Animal Poaching (forcechange.com)
- Elephant poaching arrested for the third time. He may get away with it again (thestar.blogs.com)
- Zim urged to enact tougher poaching penalties after mass elephant poisoning (thezimbabwean.co)