SOS voor de olifant in Kameroen

Mid last month, news came from the North Region that as many as 200 elephants had been killed by poachers in the Boubanjida National Park in January and early February alone. In other parts of the world, this news could have taken the form of a veritable national catastrophe. But in Cameroon where people are still to be fully educated on the necessity to preserve our fauna and prevent it from extinction, the occurrence was received instead with relative indignation.

On wednesday february 29, 2012, the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence and the Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, visited the park to make an on-the-spot assessment of the situation. The very presence of the Minister of Defence is telling enough of the gravity of the situation which can easily be likened to a military insurgency.

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