4 replies [Last post]
Location: texas
Joined: 04/23/2006
Posts: 441
elephant poaching



how sad

Ca_Vermonster's picture
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!Moderator
Location: San Diego, CA
Joined: 07/27/2007
Posts: 5813
Yes, very sad, and also very

Yes, very sad, and also very organized.  Taken out of the park by helicopter?  That's got to be a little more than simple poachers.  I would be interested to find out what the black market is like for elephant ivory.  I know it's expensive, but is it worth renting/fueling a helicopter to retrieve?

Hopefully they will be able to stop whoever is doing it.  Over there, they don't mess around with the poachers.  I wouldn't be surprised to see them shoot down the chopper or something if they actually see it in action... Wink

GooseHunter Jr's picture
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Colorado
Joined: 09/28/2005
Posts: 3748
That is too bad that some

That is too bad that some people have to resort to killing the magnifigent animals in a way like that.  It does appear that these guys are well funded in what they do to be able to air lift them out of there.  To poach an animal like that takes some serious you know what.  That is alot of animal to have to take care of and take care of quick.  I am sure animals can spoil pretty quickly in Africa.  This has gotto run pretty deep and alot of people involved to pull it off...hopefully they can catch these guys before they do way more damage than they already have.

Don Fischer's picture
Location: Antelope, Ore
Joined: 03/24/2005
Posts: 3206
That certainly would make a

That certainly would make a headline. I think that all they take of the elephants are the tusk's.
Everything else stays behind to rot. If you think about it, I'd bet there's a ton of poaching we never hear about going on all over the world. Some for animal parts in demand and some for food.

Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: NE NV
Joined: 03/18/2010
Posts: 382
Poaching In "Protected" Areas

Never having puts boot tracks on the ground in Africa I have to rely on the observation of others but it seems like the most successful poaching whether for elephants or other species is in the "totally protected" areas where legitimate hunting is prohibited.  Elephant polulations in areas seriously managed for hunting appear to be at or near habitat capacity while non hunted areas are still in the threatened or endangered categories.

Add to that the appearent low value given to human life that exists in many areas of the dark continent, where entire villages can be threatened with annihilation for not aiding in organized poaching and where local governments seem to if not support then ingore organized poaching activities. The knee jerk reaction of the typical uninformed activist groups is to band together against hunting when a rational examination of the situation would and should have them supporting legal managed hunting. 

Related Forum Threads You Might Like