Photo: Poaching May Erase Elephants From Chad Wildlife Park



Elephants drink at a water hole in Chad's Zakouma National Park in an undated photo.

Conservationists conducted two sample surveys in 2008 of African elephant populations in the park. Both counts indicate that there may be just a thousand members of the species left in this 1,200-square-mile (3,100-square-kilometer) refuge.

That represents a significant decrease from previous years, a fact some conservationists link to recent increases in poaching.

Photograph by Michael Nichols


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