Dozens of elephants have beenn slaughtered lately, and mainly for ivory.
For instance, 17 elephants for their ivory tusks in a single incident in the country’s swampy Warrap state in February.
The massacre followed the killing of 15 elephants in January in the same area, besides smaller incidents near the country’s Boma National Park in the east.
Both the government and rebel armies are implicated in poaching not only elephants but antelopes hunted for bushmeat to feed soldiers. In February, Wildlife Service rangers arrested 19 government soldiers at Bandingilo National Park with 21 sacks of bushmeat representing up to 62 antelopes, WCS said.