Tuesday 2 September 2014

200 Forest Elephants tusks seized in Cameroon

Around 200 tusks from forest elephants killed in Cameroon and Gabon have been intercepted at the Yaounde-Nsimalen International Airport. They were bound for Asia - where else.

Conservationists say almost 12,000 elephants have been killed in Central African countries since 2004. It is estimated that there has been a 62% decline in forest elephant numbers during this period.
Cameroon authorities said the tusks came from  near the border with Gabon where elephant poaching has been rife.

Wildlife official Issola Dipanda supervised the operation to seize the tusks at the airport after a tip-off from locals. He said that although the poachers escaped, efforts are being made to find them.
Gabon, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo are home to more than half of Africa's forest elephants - the smallest of the African species.

Their Ivory is highly valued for jewellery and other products in Asian markets because of the hardness and unusual pinkish colour.

Until we stop the demand from Asia, all the anti poaching work in the World will do little else but buy a few more years to save the Elephant from extinction in the Wild.

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