China's Lust For Ivory Threatens Cameroon's Elephant Population

Poachers have killed over half of the elephants living in Bouba N'Djida National Park in Cameroon, Africa.

According to Scientific America, the National Park in the small African nation held about 450 elephants, which is roughly 80 precent of central Africa's savanna elephants.

It is believe that over 150 elephants have been killed since January reported The New York Times.

Richard Carroll, the vice president of the World's Wildlife Fund (WWF) U.S. Africa Programs, told Scientific America that the poachers, who mainly want the ivory tusks of the elephants, have to travel up to 1,000 miles through Chad and the Central African Republic to reach Cameroon's national park.

What is fueling this recent mass killing of elephants in Cameroon is the high demand for ivory in China, even though ivory trafficking has been banned since 1988 reported Scientific America.

Cameroon has sent in military forces to try and stop the poachers, but it has had little to no effect except for getting on soldier killed reported The New York Times.

According to The New York TImes, Natasha Kofoworola Quist, the head of WWF's Central Africa operations, said "This is not just a wildlife issue, and it is not just a Cameroon issue. This is a global issue."

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