Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Garamba National Park under attack from armed poachers in DRC

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Garamba National Park, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is experiencing a poaching crisis, authorities and conservationists have announced.

African Parks, the management body of not only Garamba, but many other national parks across Africa, has intensified its anti-poaching efforts in eastern DRC to counter the poaching onslaught that has beset the park in the past two months.

Massacre site with juvenile elephant
 - its ivory would have been too small
 to have value. Credit: African Parks
A total of 78 elephants have been poached since mid-April, representing about 4% of the total population.

In mid-May, African Parks reported that 33 elephants had been killed in the five weeks prior, indicating a concerted attack on the park's elephant population.

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