Elephant poaching

Elephant poaching

In the early seventies, the Central African Republic (CAR) was estimated to have had an elephant population of approximately 80,000 animals. Heavily armed gangs of poachers, originally killing only for ivory, but now also for meat, reduced the CAR elephant population to an estimated 10,000, level at which it stands today. To help the management authorities of Manovo-Gounda-St.Floris National Park curb poaching within the Park, the Foundation furnished equipment, motorcycles, arms and training. An anti-poaching unit was formed and armed patrols organized with the support of the Central African Armed Forces The Foundation's future strategy is to involve local communities in the management of their wildlife, encourage the Central African Government to continue its involvement in anti-poaching, and to informbilateral and multilateral donor agencies of the need for outside help.

 
 

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