We have received a report from our colleagues at IDPE detailing an alarming rise in poaching by FARDC government soldiers in the central sector of the park (see map). In the month of August alone soldiers killed 8 hippos and 6 elephants, as well as the female lion recently shot in Rwindi.
One of the killed elephants- its tusks had been removed and trunk cut off.
This is Diddy. More bad news Iâ€™m afraid. I went to the Ranger Station in Kabaraza, which is about 60km north of Rumangabo. When I arrived, the Rangers there told me that another elephant had just been killed. Of course the tusks had been taken by the poachers, but so had the meat.
We are very worried because it is starting to look like there is someone in our area who is buying ivory. The elephants killings are continuing and it is clear that the demand in ivory has re-emerged.
You will remember that Ephrem posted about the elephant killing spree in April. There have also been several press reports, including on the BBC and in the Times. We still do not know if the six poachers who were caught have been successfully prosecuted…
Elephants In Better Times