Cameroon army arrives at national park to protect elephants from poachers
December 26, 2012
A Cameroon army has set up to protect the Bouba Ndjida National Park against poachers that come to hunt the elephants, according to Reuters. The park used to be a safari tourism destination, but now looks more like a military base.
An army of about 600 soldiers arrived to stand guard of their beloved park and the animals that live within it.
These extreme measures are taking place as a response to what happened last winter, when Sudanese poachers killed approximately 300 elephants - 80 percent of the park's population - in just a few weeks time, the media outlet reports. Cameroon officials are making sure that something like this never happens again.
"With the kind of deployment we have in the park here today, the message is very clear," Brigadier General Martin Tumenta told the news source during a park visit. "Any poacher who finds himself here will simply be destroyed."