Elephants have been slaughtered by groups from Chad and the Sudan in recent weeks, taking advantage of the dry season.
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450 elephants were recently killed for their ivory tusks. Some of their ivory ended up as trinkets in Egypt.
Full story: “Poachers Kill Hundreds of Elephants in Cameroon National Park“@ENS
The Congo, Earth’s 2nd Most Important Set of Lungs
by Our Amazing Planet Staff
The Congo River Basin’s rainforests are the second largest in the world, after the Amazon.
The Congo River is Africa’s second longest river after the Nile. The river flows along some 2,900 miles (4,700 kilometers) from its source in Zambia to the Atlantic Ocean (visible in bottom left corner). Its river system is fed by some 10,000 streams and drains an area the size of Europe.
The expansive rainforests of the Congo basin covers an area of more than 1.5 million square miles (4 million square km), covering parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (visible to the east of the Congo River), most of the Republic of the Congo (visible to the west of the Congo River), Gabon (visible in dark green along the left side), Equatorial Guinea (above Gabon), and southern parts of Cameroon and the Central African Republic…
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Last week, I posted on 450 elephants were brutally hacked to bits for their tusks in recent weeks in a wildlife park in Cameroon, Africa. Below is a partially encouraging update. I say “partially” because it seems that nearly all the elephants in the park were killed…
African Countries Make War on Elephant Poachers
“Three African countries - Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Kenya - are taking up arms against elephant poachers, who have killed hundreds of elephants within the past few weeks.
More than 100 government soldiers entered Cameroon’s Bouba N’Djida National Park Thursday in a military offensive against elephant poachers to secure Cameroon’s sovereign territory, the local people and the elephant population.
The action was taken in response to the killing of hundreds of savanna elephants in the northern Cameroon park over the past eight weeks.
Government authorities say heavily armed poachers have entered Cameroon’s sovereign territory illegally across the park’s border with Chad to obtain ivory.
The poachers, who are reportedly Arabic speakers travelling on horseback, are believed to be from Sudan. The tonnes of ivory stripped from the bodies of their victims is likely headed to Asian markets, says the global conservation group WWF, which has been working with the government to combat poaching.
The Cameroon government has been under pressure from the European Union, civil society and environmental groups, and members of the international and diplomatic community to take immediate action to stop the massacre of elephants and secure Cameroon’s borders.
Lamine Sebogo, WWF’s Africa elephant coordinator, says the remaining elephants in the country’s northern region are key to the survival of the subspecies.
“The future of conservation of savanna elephants in Central Africa lies in Northern Cameroon. This area alone accounts for 95 percent of the population of savanna elephants in Cameroon, and around 80 percent of the total population of savanna elephants in all of Central Africa,” said Sebogo.”
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“In response to the recent large-scale poaching of elephants in and near the Bouba Ndjida National Park, the Cameroon government has announced steps not only to improve security but also to mitigate the effects of climate change on the drought-stricken park, in an effort to prevent elephants moving out of the protected area into the hands of ivory hunters.
About 250 elephants were massacred in January and February this year, according to a report by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), which said that poachers entered the country illegally from neighbouring Sudan and Chad.
“The animals’ trunks were cut off and the tusks were removed with machetes,” the report said. “This latest massacre is massive and has no comparison to those of preceding years.”
The IFAW report said the number of elephants remaining in Cameroon was unclear, but a 2007 estimate put the figure at between 3,000 and 5,000. The North Region of Cameroon, where Bouba Ndjida National Park is located, accounts for 95 percent of the country’s population of savannah elephants, according to the Centre for Environment and Rural Transformation (CERUT), a local nongovernmental organisation.
The killing of the elephants is not only a blow to the endangered species, but also a challenge to the government’s efforts to encourage visitors to its national parks. Tourism has been growing in Cameroon, with a government target to increase the number of foreign visitors to 500,000 this year, up from the 350,000 who visited in 2006. The sector contributes over more than 4 percent of GDP, according to government figures, and provides over 14,000 jobs.”
Scientists have long held that some of the rainforests of Central Africa disappeared about 3,000 years ago, abruptly replaced by savannas due to a dramatic shift in the regional climate. However, the conclusions of a recent study now suggest that it was not climate…
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