Elephants in Cameroon

Elephants of Cameroon show wildlife preservation online by judy_breck.

13,000-15,000 forest elephants survive in Cameroon, though their population has fallen by 75% of the last 40 years.

Photo of Cameron elephant by judy_breck (Flickr)

Introduction to Elephants of Cameroon

African Elephants (Loxodonta africana) were added to the endangered species list in 1988. Concern for their survival arose after increasing ivory prices provoked unprecedented poaching during the 1970s. In Cameroon, the elephant is further threatened by the expansion of human populations into its historical habitat areas. Conflicts between humans and elephants–often arising after elephants ransack valuable agricultural fields–often lead to the death of the latter.

Chilli balls to stop stampeding elephants in Cameroon

Farmers in Cameroon express doubts over a UN suggestion to use pepper spray to stop stampeding elephants destroying their crops. Frightened villagers often respond to attacks by killing the animals.  See also FAO’s Human-Wildlife Conflict mitigation toolkit

Wildlife officials in Cameroon are hunting for scores of elephants, who escaped from a nature reserve, sparking panic in nearby villages.

The elephants wandered out of the Dja Faunal Reserve – a World Heritage site – and trampled over houses and fields.

A wildlife official told the BBC that the elephants had fled after being attacked by poachers.

INTERVIEW-Cameroon forest elephants face extinction – WWF

Forest elephants in Cameroon and the Congo Basin could be extinct within 10 years without measures to fight the illegal ivory trade and curb habitat loss, a WWF official said in an interview.
During the last 40 years, environmentalists estimate the forest elephant population has fallen 75 percent, standing at some 140,000 for the Congo Basin and 13,000-15,000 for Cameroon.

Elephants of Cameroon

In Cameroon, the elephant is further threatened by the expansion of human populations into its historical habitat areas. Conflicts between humans and elephants–often arising after elephants ransack valuable agricultural fields–often lead to the death of the latter.

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