By Susie Boniface
Generous Sunday Mirror readers have saved dozens of Africa’s remaining elephants with donations to an anti-poaching campaign.
Money raised in the name of Britain’s last circus elephant, Anne, has paid for special patrols to protect animals from ivory hunters.
Anne’s Army, as it is known, has stopped ALL poaching in the three months since it was set up in Burkina Faso, West Africa.
Also, one poacher was caught and fined a year’s wages – sending a message to other would-be hunters.
Will Travers, of wildlife charity Born Free, said: “The patrols have shown the support given by Sunday Mirror readers makes a huge difference.
"The provision of uniforms, tents and rations has given these brave men and women the equipment they need to save some of Africa’s precious elephants.”
In June we reported how the elephant population in Burkina Faso had been reduced to fewer than 5,000.
More than 100 were killed last year. More....