28 Feb '13, 9pm

Elephant massacre in the Congo

Elephant massacre in the Congo

mongabay.com February 28, 2013 Guards from the Okapi Faunal Reserve with confiscated ivory from poachers. Credit: Okapi Conservation Project A key Congo wildlife reserve has lost 75 percent of its elephants in just 15 years due to poaching to meet Asian demand for ivory, reports a new survey by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Democratic Republic of Congo authorities. Researchers with WCS and DRC's Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) found that the carnage in the Okapi Faunal Reserve has worsened in recent years, with its population of forest elephants declining 37 percent since 2007. Only 1,700 elephants now survive in the park. But the news gets worse, according to WCS. "Since this last census was conducted, insecurity in the Okapi Faunal Reserve has become far worse," said WCS in a statement. "Rebels launched a deadly attack on the par...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0228-congo-elephant-massacr...

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