Disgusting: Experts growing concerned as 87 elephants are brutally killed by poachers for their tusks – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views
November 8, 2018

Disgusting: Experts growing concerned as 87 elephants are brutally killed by poachers for their tusks

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The ongoing issue of poaching in Africa has seen its worst crime yet as the carcasses of almost 90 elephants have been found in Botswana.

In what has been described as one of the worst ever cases of poaching, the wildlife animal charity Elephants Without Borders confirmed that 87 Elephants were brutally slaughtered for their tusks by poachers in an area close to the protected Okavango Delta.

The latest case of brutal poaching comes as the country recently stood down its anti-poaching unit in May.

Experts who have also collected worrying data about the rate of poaching in central Africa, have warned that elephants are no longer safe from poachers who have recently targeted a number of tribes for their tusks.

They also say a total of five rhinos have been killed in recent months in area of the country which used to be considered safe for wildlife.

Although Botswana’s government have refused to give an official explanation as to why the anti-poaching unit was stood down, experts say their decision effectively means that no elephant or indeed any other wild animal is safe from unruly poachers who are flooding into the region.

The latest and probably most severe case of poaching also has experts worried as latest figures from the 2015 Great Elephant Census found that almost a third of all elephants in Africa have been over the past decade.

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