Elephants At Zakouma National Park in SE Chad,
the tragic sight of many Elephant deaths by poachers.
Picture credit: C. Michael Hogan
Always there when we need them, our US Marines from North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune, are now using their talents to help stop the slaughter of elephants in Chad.
This specialized team of US Marines, has just landed in Chad to begin training local Park Rangers in the long suffering, ugly war against elephant poachers near and around one of Africa’s last sanctuaries for them, in the Zakouma National Park in South East Chad.
The elephant ivory pillage and plunder in Africa has decimated and devastated the population, nearly to the brink of complete extinction.
The prior elephant numbers here were once over 4,000, but now hover at just around a paltry, sickening 500.
Now just as economic factors seem to be improving in the region, perhaps lessening the frantic desperate state for those who have perpetrated the elephant crisis, the new presence of US Marines training locals to fight back against this rogue group, just may have a chance to succeed.
There has also been a marked increase in elephant calf births recently, given all concerned with the ugly situation, a tiny glimmer of hope.
Will those guilty of so many years of insidious ” blood ivory ” rampages from the recent past, find some new line of work that does not involve murdering African Wildlife?
We can and must, all pray that they have or will.
In the meantime, our US Marines are now “boots on the ground” in Chad and here’s a message to all the poachers,
” you’d better look out, our boys mean serious business here.”
Places to learn more:
Elephant Poachers Have a New Problem: U.S. Marines
US Marines Headed To Chad Park To Fight Poaching
US Marines to train park rangers in Chad
US MARINES TO TRAIN CHAD ANTI-POACHING UNIT
U.S. Marines to help fight elephant poaching
Marines aid anti-poaching elephant teams in Chad
What a great use of Marines.
Now, isn’t this better than starting a new war!! Great news!
Yes, it truly is. Great news indeed.
Praying for a Brighter Future for these Beautiful creatures. We are so short sighted!
We all are. Their lives are in our hands.
Yes, it is wonderful. Thank you~
What good news! Progress indeed against the poaching onslaught,the war against poaching is a war worth waging. Lets hope elephants can be saved before it is too late.
Yes, indeed it is!
The future of these beautiful creatures is in the hands of Humans.
Will we do the right thing for them?
What great news! These creatures are so amazing. That would be great if they used the military to catch poachers of other wild animals as well.
Perhaps we should all suggest this to the heads of the US Armed Forces? Eh?
Great to hear someone is doing something. Thanks for letting us know
Just grateful something is being done by someone!
OOrah, indeed. I wonder who we can thank for that idea. It is a great one.
If anyone can help this dire situation…it’s the Marines. Great post.
I had no idea!!! How wonderful…. Finally!!!!
Yes, it is great news, maybe they will have a chance now~
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Thank you so very much for sharing this vital story.