This definitely falls under the category of “biophilia,” and although there are far worse things going on in the Sudan/Chad part of the world, this is relevant to one of my stated interests for this blog – namely, a concern for biology – and so, when Alex Nicholson from National Geographic drops me an email regarding their Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay with the title “Elephant Slaughter Discovered in Chad,” I’ll listen.
While on assignment for National Geographic magazine Mike and his team discovered five separate elephant massacre sites totaling 100 individuals during a survey made from their small plane around Chad’s Zakouma National Park. They also did a flyover of a poachers camp and were promptly shot at.
In response to this shocking footage Chadian and EU officials are
enacting an emergency plan to increase aerial surveys and extend patrols outside the park through the wet season that ends in late September. They hope to raise funds and awareness to control poaching in coming years with aerial patrols as well as to significantly increase ground security and information gathering.
Shocking, isn’t it? Sadly, I think it’s part of the way of life in that part of the world, with similiar instances occurring in the Congo regarding Mountain Gorillas and other bushmeat.
What do we do about it? Well, Chad and the EU seem to be trying to do something, but their patrols won’t address the root of the problem, which is that impoverished Africans see biodiversity as a burden, not a treasure. How do we change that?