Ivory Wars: Last Stand in Zakouma

Posted by on Oct 17, 2008 in projects | No Comments

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From the Project Description:
Zakouma National Park in Chad is home to one of the world’s largest remaining concentrations of elephants.

Zakouma’s armed guards have ensured sanctuary for the hundreds of species that reside within the park. At great personal risk, the guards fight a dangerous war against poachers who hunt the animals for their value on the black market or as cultural talismans.

But as perennial rains arrive to replenish the desert landscape, some 3,500 elephants search for better forage outside the park’s perimeter, where poachers await them.

Conservationist J. Michael Fay and National Geographic photographer Michael Nichols traveled to Zakouma during the wet season in 2006 to discover the danger just beyond the park borders that threatens the refuge’s very existence.

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