By Rhishja Cota-Larson
The President of Chad has reportedly sent armed forces into the region where at least 30 elephants were slaughtered last week — but the action has not yet stopped the killing. 200 soldiers in helicopters and pickup trucks were dispatched to the Mayo Lemie – Chari Baguirmi area, according to Dr. Laurel Neme on Mongabay.com. Investigators are also in the process of determining if this atrocity is linked to alleged Janjaweed militia operating in Zakouma National Park.
Stephanie Vergniault of SOS Elephants told Mongabay.com that a local ivory trafficking syndicate uses “cars with tinted glasses with no numbers on their cars to supply the poachers with weapons and food” so they can stay hidden in the bush.
SOS Elephants is calling for the establishment of a permanent Mobile Brigade for the Protection of Wildlife and a security cordon around the area where the massacre occurred or establishment of a formal protected area in the Chari-Baguirmi-Mayo- Lemié area.
Sadly, less than 24 hours ago, Vergniault posted on the SOS Elephants Facebook group that despite the army’s presence, the gang continued to fire on the elephants.
“I have no idea how many carcasses. We will count them tomorrow,” writes Vergniault.
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