Wednesday 7 December 2016

For Parque Nacional de Limpopo read Slaughterhouse

The Kuger is attached to the Parque Nacional de Limpopo  in Mozambique on its eastern side.

Researchers have been tracking about 40 collared elephants in and around Parque Nacional de Limpopo, the Mozambican section on the huge Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP) administered by the Peace Parks Foundation. The aim was to understand the area’s “fear landscape” – how elephants navigate within risky human infested areas.

Sadly there is a lot to fear and some of them have already been shot by poachers. In fact in the last five years the elephant population has halved with only about 1250 left.

In September, Michelle Henley of Elephants Alive flew the northern sections of the PNL and found no elephants. “It was a huge shock and a wake-up call,” she said. “Part of the problem is that Kruger has consolidated its forces to the south to curb rhino poaching, leaving the central and north open to elephant poaching.”

And in the past 12 months 68 elephants were poached in the Kruger. The slaughter is spreading down from the decimated populations of East Africa. Only a couple of years back the South African government was denying that they had any sort of elephant poaching problem.

It's going to get worse - a lot worse.
Do they all have their heads up their arses?

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