DRC national park

I didn’t hear about this until today, perhaps because there’s been so much shocking news this week. But poachers have killed 30 elephants in DR Congo’s Garamba National Park in the last couple of weeks. Outbursts like this are horrifying but not all that rare. There are hundreds of elephants in the park and it’s hard to protect the entire area, so poachers are sometimes able to get inside and kill dozens of elephants, even hundreds, to sell their ivory. According to the article rebel militias and government-backed armies both get in on the action sometimes – so combatants in a war can effectively call a truce to turn their arms against elephants for money.

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