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Carnage in Gabon's elephant sanctuary

Elephant poachers have killed 80 per cent of the forest herds in a remote conservation park in Gabon in the last decade. Gabon is thought to hold the largest remaining population of forest elephants. But the researchers say about 25,000 elephants have been slaughtered in Minkebe National Park, an area that had been considered a sanctuary. John Poulsen, from Duke University in the United States, led the research.

(Pic: File photo of elephants eating in La Lope National Parc, central Gabon; Credit: AFP)

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