Sunday, May 04, 2008

Congo Civil War's Biggest Loser: Elephants

During the decade-long Congo Civil War, the country's elephant population has crashed from 70,000 to about 350. In just the last month, 14 elephant carcasses have turned up in the Virunga National Park, stripped for meat and ivory.

This pace is unusual. Said one conservationist, "we've been taken by surprise by the intensity of the killings."

Virunga is the same park where gorillas were being executed around this same time last year. That incident pretty much infuriated Pound360,
check out our rant here.

Four poachers are in custody. They deserve life in prison. Since 1996, 120 park rangers have been killed defending Virunga's biodiversity.

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