Elephant poaching in Central Africa

in Environmental Threats

An estimated 10 elephants are killed every month in southeast Cameroon for their ivory, according to elephant conservation programs in the African country.

Around 11,500 elephants remain in the wild in Cameroon.  In one national park in neighboring Chad, the number of wild elephants almost decreased by half within 5 years due to poaching.

In 2006, an estimated 23,000 elephants were killed in Central Africa by wildlife traffickers.

(Price list of endangered animals on the black market.)

Source: Divine Ntaryike, “Cameroon, Chad Team Up to Protect Wildlife,” Voice of America, August 11, 2011.

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