Fourteen Elephants Killed in Eastern DR Congo: activists

Thu, 2008-05-01 21:09 by Jan

Fourteen elephants killed in eastern DR Congo: activists

Agence France Presse
May 1, 2008

KINSHASA (AFP) — Rebels and villagers have killed 14 elephants in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in the past two weeks, a wildlife group said Thursday.

Since April 14, Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda killed four; Congolese FARDC and Maimai rebels killed eight and local villagers killed two elephants in Virunga National Park, the Nairobi-based WildlifeDirect said in a statement.

"This is the worst month we have seen in a long time in terms of recorded elephant deaths," said Alexandre Wathaut, the provincial director for the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN).

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