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Madness in the Village of Elephants

Posted by Richard Conniff on May 10, 2013

Andrea Turkalo at the observation post that has now become a firing line.

Andrea Turkalo at the observation post that has now become a firing line.

In the forest clearing locals call the “Village of Elephants,” or Dzanga Bai, 17 heavily armed men arrived this past Wednesday, May 8, with AK-47s. They were bound for the observation tower where tourists in the Central African Republic have often come to admire the forest elephants, and where researchers have worked to decipher the language of elephants for more than 20 years.

It was over in a few horrific minutes.

When guards who had previously been disarmed by rebel forces went back yesterday, May 9, they counted the butchered carcasses of 26 elephants killed for their ivory, including four babies.

The killing happened in the Dzanga-Sangha Protected Area, in the southwest corner of the country, on the border with Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Dzanga Bai itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2010, the CBS show 60 Minutes described it as “one of the most magical places on Earth.”

At least for the moment,                … to read the full story click here.

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2 Responses to “Madness in the Village of Elephants”

  1. dianabuja said

    Elephant poaching all across Africa is dramatically increasing the last months – in Kenya there are several local groups organizing to increase awareness and dev. moves to stop similar problems in Kenya. But in war-ravaged countries such as the CAR, such is just not possible… Does not bode well for the future of wildlife, though I think increasing efforts on govts. in Asia must take place.

  2. […] in May, I wrote about the terrible slaughter of elephants at Dzanga Bai, in the Central African Republic. Now Andrea Turkalo, the biologist who has spent much of her […]

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