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  • The Ivory wars at Zakouma National Park

    Mon, Apr 26, 2010

    Chad

    Elephants that are found in Zakouma National Park are known to be the most recent stranglehold meant for the typical savannah elephants that are residing in the Sahel region of Central Africa, at the present the total number of the animals that are recorded in this region is almost around 1,000 animals, which is quite a huge down as of a predictable number of 3,000, which was recorded in the year 2006. The ivory poachers making use of the different automatic weapons have annihilated the populations of the elephants in this region, for the most part, while the herds venture alternatively in the outer regions of the park.


    The civil disturbances in this region have made preservation exceptionally complicated in Chad. A number of the park guards are been shot as well as killed in the recent years. On the other hand, the safety conditions have improved in recent times to some extent as well as WCS is confident that it can amplify conservation work of the elephant on-the-ground in as well as around the Zakouma National Park to look after the left over population of the elephants.

    ‘The condition in Zakouma National Park is horrible, on the other hand there is even then time to set aside the left over elephants of this park’ provided that they can gather together the forces that they require to bring a halt to poaching,’ said Dr Steven E. Sanderson the WCS President as well as the CEO. He also said that ‘they require to carry on working directly with the committed park guards of Zakouma National Park as well as provide them with what all they require to do their respective jobs, whilst they individual field staff supply airborne investigation along with technical support.’


    The WCS has time-honored a financial-support as to lend a hand for saving the surviving elephants in Zakouma national park. The various members from the general public can come forwards and support this significant endeavor by means of going to: the site www.wcs . org/elephants. The olden times has indicated that the elephants can be recovered in Zakouma National Park. In anticipation of this current increase in the poaching, the numbers of the elephant have bounced back from a predictable 1,100 that was recorded in the year 1985 to as numerous as 3,500 all through the early days of the year 2006.

    In addition the Wildlife Conservation Society foremost sounded the alarm almost two yrs in the past as soon as WCS researcher as well as Explorer-in-Residence with National Geographic Mike Fay had noticed a sudden drop in the numbers of the elephants in this region all through his ‘MegaFlyover’ of a few of the preceding wild places in Africa. Various other researches, which included radio-collaring as well as the tracking of the individual animal, had revealed that the poaching was on one occasion, for a second time demolishing these herds. Moreover, a WCS pilot as well as light-aircraft lastingly based in the Zakouma National Park, at the present provides all required information to the park service in Chad on the subject of poaching activities as well as locations of the elephant herd. ‘Zakouma National Park is a most recent stand meant for elephants in the regions of Sahel,’ said Mike Fay. ‘It is unbelievably tear-jerking to stand facing a deceased elephant that is missing simply its tusks. It is not possible to stand absentmindedly by as well as stare at this elephant population go on with getting slaughtered as of effortless greeds of human beings?’




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