Poachers in Cameroon kill up to 300 elephants in one month alone

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By BNO News

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON (BNO NEWS) — Poachers in northern Cameroon have slaughtered as many as 300 elephants for their tusks in the last month alone, a dramatic increase from previous years, officials said on Tuesday.

The killings, originally reported by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), were confirmed by Cameroon’s minister of forestry and wildlife. Minister Ngole Philip Ngwese said that an armed gang of Sudanese poachers had killed the free-roaming elephants in the Bouba Ndjida National Park, on Cameroon’s border with Chad.

One park official, Bouba Jadi, told CNN that the large number of deaths are worsening the situation for Cameroon’s already threatened elephant populations. According to official estimates, there are between 1,000 and 5,000 elephants in Cameroon.

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Posted on February 22, 2012, in Africa, Cameroon and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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