African Elephant Shootings

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In the valleys and forests of Africa roam the largest land mammals today. Herds of African elephants march proudly through the savanna, presenting themselves like statues: proud, tall, and and powerful. Pair their magnificent size along with their intimidating trunks and sword-like tusks, and the beasts are seemingly invincible. However, these marvelous creatures of the animal kingdom may very well have met their match. Valleys where elephants used to roam are now littered with the bodies of those murdered by hunters— their tusks and leather skin are no match against the deadly rifles and traps. Elephant poachers all throughout the continent have contributed largely to the diminishment of the elephant population, resulting in conservation…show more content…
The International Union for Conservation of Nature says elephants could be extinct within 50 years. (Tweed, 2) Before the rise of massacres in Africa, 25 million elephants used to exist, (Steyn, 2) but that number has lessened to approximately 470-690 thousand. The number continues to steadily drop, considering an average of 7% of the population has been poached each year between 2010 and 2013, (Boynton, 2) and 96 elephants are killed every day by poachers throughout Africa. (Tweed, 1) The plummet in numbers is hard to monitor, bearing in mind that elephants migrate across international borders on a daily basis. This, unfortunately, creates a great complication for conservation organizations trying to keep populations at a safe level. (Steyn,…show more content…
(Hammer-Wildlife, 1) He acted as a vital part in the discovery of a large-scale Sudanese poaching gang. In March 2013, The CAR government was overthrown by a group of muslim rebels called the Seleka, encouraged by President Idriss Deby of Chad. 2 months after, 17 Sudanese ivory hunters killed 26 elephants in Dzanga-Sangha, a protected reserve in southwest CAR. (Hammer-Wildlife, 3) In a previous attack in 2012, poachers killed as many as 650 elephants in Bouba Ndjida National Park in Cameroon. (Hammer-Wildlife, 3) AK-47 cartridges found at this site match ones found by Kalron at the shooting site at Dzanga-Sangha. Both cartridges were made in Iran and were primarily used by paramilitary groups backed by the government of Sudan, leading officials to suspect and investigate a Sudanese poaching gang. (Hammer-Wildlife,

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