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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:46 AM

Poaching blamed for 62 percent drop in Central Africa’s elephant population


Poaching on an “industrial” scale has slashed the elephant population in the countries of central Africa by nearly two-thirds, a group of international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) said on Friday.

“A recent study shows that the population of forest elephants has dropped by almost two-thirds or 62 percent in the past 10 years, victims of large-scale ivory poaching,” the group of eight NGOs said in a statement.

“The situation is dramatic and worrying. It’s very dangerous,” Jerome Mokoko, assistant director of the Wildlife Conservation Society, told reporters at a news conference in Brazzaville.

“Nearly 5,000 elephants have been lost in the northern zone of Congo between 2009 and 2011,” said Mokoko.

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gejohnston Apr 2013 #1

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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 10:27 AM

1. I hate ivory and horn mongers

I was brought up with "if you kill it you eat it" and I taught my kids the same.

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