Last week, the tables were turned on poachers who intended to kill elephants for their tusks. According to Metro U.K., three poachers were killed in a shootout after they illegally entered Mount Elgon National Park in Kenya.
The deadly shootout
Officers on patrol spotted five poachers in the national park – two of the poachers were armed with AK-47s. What is described as a “fierce shootout” ensued – two of the poachers managed to escape and three were killed.
The deadly toll of poaching
Though the trading of ivory is banned internationally, elephants are still slaughtered for their tusks. According to WWF, in the 80s, an estimated 100,000 elephants were being killed each year. The ivory ban helped some of the elephant herds to recover, but recently, there’s been an upsurge in poaching because if the demand for ivory in Asia.
Elephant killed in protected area of Indonesia
On June 9, forest rangers discovered the body of a 27-year-old male elephant named Bunta inside the Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia; one tusk was missing and he is presumed to have been killed by poachers, reported Mongabay. Bunta’s death is believed to be the second elephant poaching casualty in Indonesia this year.
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