Poachers massacre 89 elephants in Chad: WWF
LIBREVILLE (AFP) - A group of poachers last week massacred 89 elephants in one night near the town of Ganba in southern Chad, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said in a statement on Tuesday.
Some 50 Arabic-speaking poachers on horseback carried out the mass killing of the elephants, including 33 pregnant females and 15 calves last Thursday night, the WWF said, citing local officials.
According to the organisation the Chadian army was sent to stop the poachers.
"This tragedy shows once again the existential threat faced by Central Africa's elephants," said Bas Huijbregts, head of WWF's campaign against illegal wildlife trade in the region.