Target: Conservation Director of African Parks, Jean Marc Froment
Goal: Increase security efforts and enforce stricter punishments after recent spike in elephant killings.
Poachers in the Democratic Republic of Congo recently killed 30 elephants in Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Garamba National Park. The conservation director at African Parks released a statement on the disturbing matter saying: “We have a group of north Sudanese coming inside the park, spreading in small groups and during 15 days they killed 30 elephants.”
Authorities have also said that Sudanese Militia were likely responsible for slaughtering the animals. They have moved into the area as the population of elephants has almost been eliminated in places like the northern Congo. Poachers have also become increasingly effective at gaining access to the elephants, as they often disguise themselves as government workers or as members of the army. Ugandan troops, rebel groups and members of Sudanese and Congolese armies have allegedly been participating in the senseless killing of elephants in Africa. In 2014 a military helicopter was identified during the killing of 68 elephants over the course of only two months. The Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) was also said to have participated in this massacre, according to park officials.
Ivory poachers have been hunting and effectively destroying the population of elephants in Garamba, which now stands at only 1,700. Without sufficient protection, the elephant species will likely not survive for much longer.
Sign the petition below to demand that the lives of these elephants be preserved.
Dear Jean Marc Froment,
The brutal massacre of elephants in Garamba National park is much more than a wake-up call. It is very telling of the desperate need for protection in areas where there is still a significant population of elephants. There are currently only 150 rangers patrolling 8,000 square miles at Garamba, making it nearly impossible to effectively guard the elephants.
There should be a significant amount of resources put into protecting these animals, which will likely go extinct within a few decades if things don’t change, according to wildlife experts. International criminal networks continue to organize attacks on elephants to satisfy the growing demand for ivory. These groups of poachers will likely continue to kill elephants until they wipe out the entire species, unless they are met with a powerful response from Garamba National Parks officials.
I urge you to consider the recent spike in killings as an indicator that the need to effectively guard our wildlife should be met with a sense of urgency before it is too late.
[Your Name Here]
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