Friday, August 06, 2004

NEWS - Sudanese using donkey trains to transport illegal ivory and rhino horn

Organised poaching groups from Sudan are using pack animals to transport their ill-gotten gains. For more on this, visit this page at the International Rhino Foundation.
This is the first time that pack animals have been a factor in the massacre, that exploded in intensity during 2003, of the last remaining northern white rhinos and unique elephant population of this World Heritage Site. Crucial in mid 2003 was the switch from commercial meat poaching to ivory and rhino horn and a sweep through the southern sector of the park focused on elephants and rhinos. The use of pack animals now implies yet another level of organisation, back up and distance in the poaching.