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Bouba Ndjida National Park Elephants Killed In Poaching Spree, Activists Claim

Posted: 02/16/2012 11:23 am

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Wildlife activists say poachers have slaughtered at least 200 elephants in four weeks in an ongoing killing spree in a Cameroonian national park.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare said Thursday that many orphaned elephant calves have been spotted in the Bouba Ndjida National Park and it is feared they may soon die of hunger and thirst.

The group is blaming poachers from neighboring Sudan, saying the elephants are killed for their ivory tusks that are smuggled to markets in Asia and Europe.

The organization called the scale of the killings massive and unprecedented, and urged Cameroon's government to take action.

Experts say large seizures of elephant tusks made last year the worst on record since ivory sales were banned in 1989.

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