Target: Garamba National Park Service
Goal: Stop the poaching of elephants for ivory in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Twenty-two elephants, ranging in age from young to old, were recently found dead and clumped together in the savanna, each with a single bullet shot to the top of the head. The animals were found to be without their tusks, but with their meat untouched. Many in the area who survive by subsistence poaching would have taken along with them a small amount of meat; however, these elephants were killed only for their ivory tusks, which appear to be Africa’s newest conflict resources.
Africa is currently in the midst of a massive elephant slaughter because of the continuous rise in the global demand for ivory (mostly in China) and the recent militarization of the underground trade. Conservation groups in the area report that poachers have killed hundreds of thousands of elephants in the region in recent years, more than reported at any time in the last two decades.
While most of those doing the killing are poachers and notoriously violent resistance groups, it would appear that government trained military units are also cashing in on the ivory trade, especially in the Congo, Uganda, and newly created Southern Sudan.
African elephants are one of only two naturally surviving elephant species left in the world, and they are in danger of being poached to drastic levels to feed the ivory demand. While it is difficult for any one group to control the actions of poachers and government militias, it is likely that added security measures surrounding national parks could help to save these elephants. Urge the Garamba National Park Service and others in the region to tighten their security and stop poachers from killing elephants for their tusks.
Dear Garamba National Park Service,
The recent tragedy of finding 22 dead elephants in your nature preserve is only one example of how the global demand for ivory is leading to the poaching of these innocent animals. Many have even gone as far as to call ivory Africa’s newest conflict resource, which may not be far from the truth. While historically these animals have been killed by local subsistence poachers, it would now appear that government militaries are involved, potentially making the protection of these animals even more difficult.
With the help of yourself and other national park services, it may be possible to stop these poachers from killing elephants in such great and unheard of numbers. We urge that you increase security measures around the parks to protect these animals from being killed for their tusks, and ultimately stop the supply of deadly ivory into the underground market.
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