LIBREVILLE- Poachers killed at least 86 elephants in Chad last week, including 33 pregnant females and 15 calves, conservation groups said on Tuesday, warning that elephants in Central Africa risked being wiped out by such slaughters.
The killing was the worst in the region since more than 300 elephants were slaughtered in Cameroon early last year. Both raids took place during the dry season when poachers armed with automatic weapons launch coordinated attacks on herds of elephants in the region.
Conservationists warn that organized criminal gangs are illegally trafficking huge quantities of tusks to cash in on soaring demand for ivory in Asia.
The attack was reported to have taken place on March 14-15 in southern Chad, near the border with Cameroon.