Elephant Massacre in Cameroon

Bloody Ivory was shocked to hear recent reports of elephant poaching in Cameroon’s Bouba Ndjida National Park. At least 100 bodies have reportedly been found, with more than 200 elephants suspected to have been killed since the middle of January. 

The impact of such incidents extends beyond the lives of the poached elephants - without the expert guidance and nurturing of their lost relatives, young calves orphaned by this butchery are unlikely to survive.

Some reports point the finger at Sudanese insurgents crossing through Chad into northern Cameroon, a frequent raiding route.  Reports have indicated that funds raised by the sale of poached ivory in the Far East may be supporting ongoing local conflicts in Sudan and the Central African Republic. 

The number of Cameroon’s elephants was last officially estimated in 2007, with ‘Definite’ and ‘Probable’ figures amounting to less than 1000 elephants altogether. Given that the most recent surveys from which these figures were derived took place 8 years ago (and the least recent 20 years ago), how many elephants remain today is anyone’s guess, but the question has to be asked: how many more such onslaughts can the fragile elephant populations of Western and Central Africa withstand?  

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