Over 125,000 Elephants Killed In South Sudan

Government wildlife authorities in the recently formed Republic of South Sudan recently issued a statement drawing attention to the loss of elephants during the country’s turbulent 30 year civil war.

A Director for the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife Conservation and Tourism said that the 130,000 elephants found across South Sudan in 1986 has shrunk to 5,000 today, as a direct result of high demand for ivory from foreign markets, causing widespread poaching during the turbulent period when law and order broke down.

With the country’s independence, there is hope that the situation can be turned around despite continued evidence of poaching – in Eastern Equatoria State the carcasses of two collared elephants were recently found without their tusks. Other reports highlight the intention of the government to pass legislation allowing the prosecution of poachers as well as the establishment of a safari tourism industry. We hope these and other measures the government brigns to bear on the country's wildlife can help to save South Sudan’s remaining elephants. 

 

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