Concern over reports of mass elephant killings in Cameroon

There has been reports of the poaching of close to 450 elephants in Bouba Ndjida National Park in northern Cameroon.

The reported poaching of about 450 elephants in Cameroon has the Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora or CITES concerned.

John Scanlon says the incident reflects a new trend where well-armed poachers with sophisticated weapons decimate elephant populations, often with impunity.

CITES is offering governments in the region support to find, and bring to justice those responsible and to locate and seize the poached ivory.

According to CITES, elephants have been slaughtered by groups from Chad and the Sudan during the last few weeks. The poached ivory is sold in some cases for weapons which in turn support conflicts in neighbouring countries.

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