The story of 28 elephants killed is making top news headlines this afternoon, as the Daily Herald Tribune reported this Wednesday, March 13, that poachers recently killed almost 30 endangered elephants in Cameroon national parks, a conservation organization unfortunately confirmed this week.
Under the headline, “28 elephants killed by poachers in southeast Cameroon”, sources report that there has been a sharply rising demand for ivory in Asia this decade. Poachers have lowered the overall population of forest elephants in Africa by almost 62% in the last ten years alone, leading these forest elephants and endangered species on the road to possible extinction.
According to the WWF conservationist organization, the Cameroon parks already have dangerously low forest elephant populations.
“Elephants in these two protected areas in the Congo Basin are facing a threat to their existence,” said Zacharie Nzooh, a WWF Cameroon representative in the East Region.
He added that the dead bodies of 23 elephants with their tusks removed were found in one of the Cameroon national parks this Feb. 2013, while five more carcasses were found without tusks some days later in the east, leading to 28 elephants killed in total.
“The poachers used automatic weapons, such as AK-47s, reflecting the violent character of elephant poaching,” he said, adding that park wardens do not have good weapons available.