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Despite recent attempts by soldiers in Cameroon to stop the mass slaughter of elephants, poachers are continuing to kill the animals in record numbers, the World Wildlife Fund said Thursday.  Tom Milliken, director of the wildlife trade monitoring netwerk TRAFFIC: “There has been an increased poaching assault like we haven’t seen in two decades.”

“Elephants represent an opportunity to gain money, and because there are ready buyers in most capital cities, the word is out there,” said Milliken. Tons of tusks are being moved on camels and horses from Africa mostly to buyers willing to pay high prices in China and Thailand.

Unlike decades past when poachers across the continent ran down elephants using spears, the attackers are now highly organized and armed with sophisticated weapons. Many have used grenade launchers and high-powered rifles, allowing them to kill with greater ease and outgun police and military trying to stop them, said Richard Carroll, the WWF’s Africa Program director. He has spent decades building an expertise in the Central African Republic.

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