Fauna: a strong increase in elephant poaching in northern Congo (Republic
of the Congo)
Agence d?Information d?Afrique Centrale/Brazzaville
August 24, 2017
The anti-poaching patrol team of the Espace Tridom Interzone Congo (ETIC)
project, on 23 August in Brazzaville, reported the arrest of two poachers,
F?licien Logo Ebab and P?pin Blaise Momata on the river Dja (Congo-Cameroon
They are suspected of having participated in the killing of 4 elephants in
the Nki National Park (Cameroon), but they confessed during their
interrogations that they shot 10 elephants and sold the trophies.
In addition to the 8 ivory tusks, the two poachers were arrested in
possession of a Kalashnikov-type weapon of war, as well as two empty clips
and more than 30 munitions of war.
?This area of the river Dja separates the future protected area of
Messok-Dja in the Congo and the national park of Nki in Cameroon. This is
an ecological corridor for elephants between the two countries, and even a
continuous habitat for many animal species,? said Corneille Moukson
Kutia-kwa-Nzambi, legal assistant of the Tridom Interzone Congo (ETIC).
This arrest stems from increasing cross-border poaching. It is in this
sense that the countries of the Trinational Dja-Odzala-Mink?b? (Tridom),
notably Gabon, Congo, and Cameroon, signed a ?Protocol for the fight
against poaching? in 2014 in order to be able to act during patrols on both
sides of the border.
These joint patrols are still too occasional in view of the development of
networks of ivory traffickers in these cross-border areas. Thus, a
reflection is underway at the Tridom landscape to improve this type of
monitoring. This initiative as well as the classification of the massive
forest of Messok Dja (Congo) in the protected area will also offer
emblematic species?like the elephant or the gorilla?a haven of peace in
this exceptional landscape.
WWF?s inventories have shown the reduction to 80% of elephant populations
in the last few years in the area of Nki and Boumba Bek. The recent arrest
shows that poachers and their sponsors are able to exterminate elephants in
this cross-border area. The Dja River, one of the tributaries of the
Sangha, is called the Ngoko River on the Congo side.