March 16, 2012 by staff
Cameroon Elephants, Soldiers in Cameroon are losing the battle to save the last elephants in a remote frontier park from marauding horsemen believed to be invading from Sudan, the World Wildlife Fund said Thursday.
“The forces arrived too late to save most of the park’s elephants, and were too few to deter the poachers,” said Natasha Kofoworola Quist, director of the fund’s Central Africa program. “WWF is disturbed by reports that the poaching continues unabated in Bouba N’Djida National Park and that a soldier’s life has been lost.”
She said at least half of the park’s 400 elephants have been killed.
David Hoyle, the fund’s conservation director in Cameroon, said the government had sent up to 150 soldiers into the national park on March 1 — taking action after weeks of pressure from the fund and from the European Union.
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