Eighty-six elephants, three which were pregnant, were killed last week in Chad solely for their tusks, which were crudely hacked off the animals. With ivory selling at $1,000 per pound in Beijing to Chinese collectors, the rate of these killings means that "the African forest elephants may face extinction possibly as soon as the next decade."
The World Wildlife Fund told Reuters that the killers of the 86 elephant herd were Arabic-speaking men on horseback, which suggests that they belong to the same heavily armed, professional foreign team of poachers responsible for a horrific attack that left hundreds of elephants dead in Cameroon last year half the population of the park where the slaughter occurred.
The total numbers of African elephants being killed is mind-numbing an estimated 11,000 in 2010, 25,000 in 2011, and as many as 30,000 in 2012.
The 86 elephants killed last week in Chad are part of an ongoing tragedy.
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