Image by Marcus Westberg / @lifethroughalensphotography for @everydayextinction
Elephants are being targeted ruthlessly for their ivory across Africa, their numbers in steep decline. In DR Congo’s Garamba National Park, Africa’s second oldest, a population that exceeded 22,000 in the late 1970s has shrunk to a mere 1200 today. Heavily armed groups from Sudan, South Sudan, and what remains of the LRA frequently enter the park, posing a grave threat to wildlife, villagers, and rangers, twelve of whom have paid with their lives in the last three years alone. But there is reason to be optimistic: thanks to the presence of the non-profit conservation organization African Parks, responsible for the management of Garamba since 2005, 2017 is on track to be the first year in at least four decades not to see a continued decrease of the park’s elephant population. 2018, 31-year old Operations Manager Erik Mararv says, we will hopefully see an increase – an incredible achievement for such a difficult and dangerous area. Please follow and support @africanparksnetwork in their efforts to protect threatened parks and reserves across Africa.
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