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What Happened to the Elephants of Bouba Ndjida?

From Christina M. Russo,  Mongabay   Waking Times  23rd May 2013.     Find Full Article Here:-

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Shell casing from bullets used to kill elephants in Bouba Ndjida. Photo courtesy of IFAW.

Editor’s Note: This is an incredibly difficult story to look at, as it highlights in graphic detail how poachers are slaughtering the last remaining wild elephants on planet earth. While Americans and Europeans trouble themselves with entertainment, political news and the narratives set up for us by the mainstream media, the assault against nature continues, largely unspoken of.

It is a sign of intelligence and higher consciousness to have compassion for all living creatures, and this story needs to be told. We apologize in advance that many of these images are horribly graphic, and we encourage you to please visit Mongabay.com for more info and to support their unsung work. 

‘And also, they were alive when the poachers started to cut off their faces’—Celine Sissler-Bienvenu.

A new report released by the Wildlife Conservation Society says that poachers have killed a staggering 62 percent of Africa’s forest elephants in the last decade. The insatiable demand for elephant ivory hails mainly from China and Thailand, which is ironically hosting this year’s CITES (CoP16) meeting. The meeting will continue until March 13 2013.

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Elephants suffered a gruesome death. Photo by: © IFAW/A. Ndoumbe.

The study is based on a survey of five elephant range states including Cameroon. Cameroon is the home of Bouba Ndjida National Park, where the dizzying massacre of 650 elephants occurred last year. The first and only NGO to enter the park during the massacre was the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). The expedition was led by Celine Sissler-Bienvenu, France and Francophone Africa’s Director for IFAW. Sissler-Bienvenu had previously studied the park’s elephants as a wildlife student and wrote a moving tribute to the park’s elephants while she surveyed the slaughter. Freelance reporter Christina Russo conducted an interview with Sissler-Bienvenu at the anniversary of the slaughter, to discuss some of the final understandings of what happened in Bouba Ndjida—and the chances of a slaughter happening again.

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Poached elephant on its knees with another lying dead behind it. Last year poachers killed an estimated 650 elephants in Cameroon’s Bouba Ndjida National Park. Photo courtesy of IFAW.

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Trunk of slaughtered elephant. Photo by: © IFAW/A. Ndoumbe.
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