The Gabonese President, President Ali Bongo Ondimba, has recently pledged war on the poaching activities in west Africa (cited from Belfast Telegraph) and has called upon the aid of the United Kingdom in this war to rescue the last of the country’s elephants from being poached to extinction.
At the request of the Gabonese President, UK sends in a battalion of Norther Ireland-based troops to add more firepower in the war against illegal poaching. Gabon is the world’s second largest rainforest (right behind Amazon) and home to many elephants. Poaching activites in the last decade has diminished much of the elephant population where government officials recognize that the problem is getting out of hand.
Major Mark Shercliff said: “It’s a challenging environment for the park agencies in Gabon and for ourselves as soldiers. “With a range of forestation across a hilly environment it is not a straightforward task.”
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The detachment of soldiers drawn from the Royal Scots Borderers, the Rifles and other specialist corps, will be collaborating with conservation rangers at a training centre at Mokekou.
The UK is taking big steps to combat poaching in Africa with a British Prince in South Africa taking out poachers and in a recent parliamentary meeting agreeing to put in more funds to combat international poaching. The death of Cecil the Lion is definitely waking up the world to the issues of poaching and countries are starting to move to put an end to it.