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Park ranger in Cameroon

 

Park ranger looking to the sunset, Cameroon

Park guard contemplates the evening sky above the scene where Elephant bones and carcasses litter the ground after mass slaughter of elephants in northern Cameroon during cross border raids by heavily armed poaching gangs.

Estimates of the number of elephants killed in Bouba Ndjida National Park by a gang crossing the border from Chad exceed 200. Killed for their tusks believed to be supplying Sudan ivory markets that service ivory trafficking to Asia commonly exceed 200.

The park is poorly resourced to deal with the scale of the assault it experienced this year – according to its conservator “the park is 220,000 hectares with only six game rangers very poorly equipped, whereas the poachers used Kalishnikovs”.

26.05.2012

GPN: 296581

© WWF-Canon / Green Renaissance

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