Gabon Review

Désiré-Clitandre Dzonteu,
October 2, 2019

The National Agency of National Parks (ANPN) has just carried out a big net at Minkébé National Park in Woleu-Ntem. 200 kilograms of ivory and 30 tails of elephants were taken from poachers after an exchange of fire with the ecoguards.

National Park Agency (ANPN) ecoguards defeated poachers at Minkébé National Park in Woleu-Ntem. After an exchange of fire on 30 September, the “guarantors” of the natural sites recovered the “booty” of the illegal hunters.

According to Forest Minister Lee White, on his Twitter account, congratulating the agents who led the raid, “200 kilograms of ivory and 30 tails of elephants were confiscated after a shooting”.

While environmental and nature conservationists have also praised the move, they still want tougher penalties to deter poachers.

“Pending the new Forest Code, legislation in Gabon remains little deterrent to wildlife traffickers.”

“While the maximum prison sentence is only six months, it is 3 years in Cameroon, 5 years in the Congo, 10 years in Benin and Burkina Faso,” notes Conservation Justice, which hopes that the state will find faster a solution to remedy this situation.

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