S.Leone elephants 'wiped out' by poachers: official

Nov 26, 2009
An African elephant. Poachers "wiped out" the entire elephant herd in Sierra Leone's only wildlife park, wildlife managers said Thursday after police said they had arrested a gang of 10 poachers.

Poachers "wiped out" the entire elephant herd in Sierra Leone's only wildlife park, wildlife managers said Thursday after police said they had arrested a gang of 10 poachers.

"It is likely that the elephant population is wiped out," Ibrahim Bangura, senior superintendent of the agriculture ministry's Conservation and Wildlife Management Unit.

The six were shot and "crudely butchered, their bodies slashed with sword marks and their tusks virtually wrenched from their skins," said Bangura.

Police said 10 were arrested after the discovery of the elephant carcasses and those of four buffaloes in Outamba Kilimni national park, near the border with Guinea.

The men, from Sierra Leone and Guinea, are being held in the northern town of Koinadugu.

"We believe the killing was done between September and October and this is a great blow to all of us," said Bangura.

"We had treasured the elephant population in the park as they are very important to the development of ecotourism in the country."

Tourism Ministry officials said a crack military unit has been stationed near the park after frequent incursions by poachers from Guinea and Mali hunting wild animals.

(c) 2009 AFP

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Darkside
Nov 26, 2009
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Caliban
2.5 / 5 (2) Nov 26, 2009
The Market at work.
acarrilho
not rated yet Nov 26, 2009
selfish morons


I'm sure you don't mean the poachers...
DonR
not rated yet Nov 26, 2009
That military unit wasn't very 'crack', now was it?

It's also a huge shame people have such a deeply ingrained self-importance streak. (For the most part) We've conquered sexism, conquered racism, working towards same sex partner equality; the next step should be speciesism.
otto1923
3 / 5 (2) Nov 26, 2009
I suggest safaris- to hunt poachers. How many healthy ex-military types and adventurists would be willing to pay a nominal fee to accompany mercs into the bush to save endangered species? A working holiday if you will, complete with the potential for your very own 'string of ears'. Subsidized by environmental groups and wealthy donors. Better than digging for shards in Palestine.
iknow
not rated yet Nov 27, 2009
We've conquered sexism, conquered racism, working towards same sex partner equality; the next step should be speciesism.

I certainly hope it will be more effective....
Sexism is still ripe, racism ..well, they hate us and we hate them .. still as alive as the days we set eyes on one another. As for same-sex .. they are far more equal that the rest of us.

I do hope we deal with animals like we actually care rather than the things listed above.
Feldagast
not rated yet Nov 27, 2009
Need to get any remaining elephants anywhere else in the wild and capture them and dye all their tusks blue, brown or red, something to discourage the poachers. Also shoot any poachers on sight and let the vultures have the corpses.