CAR elephants threatened

2013-05-09 22:21

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Bangui - The international body that monitors endangered species is urging action after reports that elephant poachers have penetrated a famed wildlife area in Central African Republic.

Armed rebels from the group that overthrew the country's president in March entered Dzanga-Ndoki National Park this week. WWF said they were headed for a clearing where up to 200 elephants gather each day. Researchers in the remote area said they later heard shots fired.

Cites secretary general John E Scanlon said on Thursday that the reports were "of grave concern" and he urged the international community to take action.

Central Africa's forest elephants have come under growing threat in recent years from increasingly sophisticated poachers.

Last year poachers killed more than 300 elephants in just two months at a national park in Cameroon.

Read more on:    central african republic  |  conservation  |  central africa  |  animals  |  poaching

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