Poachers kill 200 elephants in Cameroon killing activity

February 18, 2012 03:15
Poachers kill 200 elephants in Cameroon killing activity

A local government official of Cameroon has informed that poachers who are heavily equipped with weapon from Chad and Sudan where involvd in killing activity of the elephant population in the Bouba Ndjida National Park.

Gambo Haman who is the governor of Cameroon's North region has said that "As we are talking which relates to a very serious case of illegally killing of wild animals, involving the poachers who are heavily equipped with weapons from Sudan and Chad who are killing these wild animals in order to make speedy money from international ivory business.

He said that some of the poachers who were on horseback and performed this conspiracy with the local natives, As the locals will be offered with the free elephant meat and they will be also happy in getting rid of the elephants which are damaging their crops.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) said cross-border poaching was common during the dry season but the scale of the killings so far this year was unprecedented. 

"This latest massacre is massive and has no comparison to those of the preceding years," the group said in a statement. 

Citing a record number of large scale ivory seizures in 2011, TRAFFIC, a conservation group which tracks trends in wildlife trading, has warned of a surge in elephant poaching in Africa to meet Asian demand for tusks for use in jewelry and ornaments. 

Underlining the clout of the poaching force, Haman said a group of 50 had killed six Chadian soldiers who tried to arrest them as they fled with the ivory. 

"In January we counted 146 (elephant) carcasses and since the beginning of this month we've had close to 60 already. This may only be a tip of the iceberg as some may have been killed in parts of the park that we cannot access," Haman added. 

Cameroon has dispatched a rapid reaction force to the zone but Haman said there were not enough troops to cover the remote park in Cameroon's far north. 

IFAW said it was not clear how many elephants remained in Cameroon but a 2007 estimate but the figure a between 1,000 and 5,000. 

TRAFFIC has mentioned this large scale poaching and illegal ivory business is due to China's investment into African continent.

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