Mourning the Elephants

Bettina Wassener — The New York Times

August 10, 2012

In March I wrote about the coordinated slaughter of elephants early this year by poachers in Cameroon. The scale of the killings is hard to absorb: well over 300 are thought to have been killed within the span of a few months, wiping out a significant portion of the country’s elephant population.

To mark World Elephant Day on Sunday, the W.W.F. has released more information about the killings along with video of dessicated corpses stripped of their tusks, which were the prime target of the poachers. (Warning: it’s not easy to watch.)

Reports about the slaughter appear to have galvanized the Cameroon government: 60 new ecoguards have been deployed to secure Bouba N’Djida National Park, where the killings took place, W.W.F. said. There are also plans to recruit an additional 2,500 game rangers over the next five years and to establish a new national park authority.

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