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Unknown Number of Elephant Killing Took Place at World Heritage Site in Central African

The armed gang of poachers, in the month of May 2013, killed an unidentified number of elephants at Dzanga-Ndoki national park.

May 10, 2013 14:20 IST
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The armed gang of poachers, in the month of May 2013, killed an unidentified number of elephants at Dzanga-Ndoki national park, the world heritage site in Central African Republic.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) explained that these ivory poachers were observed with the help of observation platform of the scientists used to shoot animals.

The Dzanga-Ndoki Park is situated in south-western corner of the Central African Republic (CAR) that borders Cameroon and the Republic of Congo. This Park is described as the ne-of-its-kind habitat for primarily the forest elephants. Dzanga-Ndoki Park is also called the village of elephants and around 200 elephants gather everyday in this Park for drinking mineral salts which are found in the sands.

On 6 May 2013, WWF issued warning about the group of 17 armed poachers who had heavy-calibre rifles. The armed men made use of the Dzanga-bai observation platform for shooting these elephants. This platform is mostly used only by the tourists and the scientists.
Dr Anna Feistner of WWF explained that Sudanese ivory poachers were taking benefit out of lawless state of this country.

Elephant raid in the world heritage site also alarmed the international conservation authorities such as Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites).

Serious illegal killing of the elephants has been observed in African countries over the past. In African countries, the amount of seized ivory is at highest level in past 16 years.

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