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Cameroon’s elephants hit hard in poaching spike

Conservation groups are decrying an alarming peak in elephant deaths due to ivory poaching in the near-equatorial nation of Cameroon this year. According to the Washington DC-based World Wildlife Fund (WWF), death toll estimates in Bouba N’djida National Park, in Cameroon’s northeastern interior, range from 128 to as many as 300 individuals so far in 2012 – a staggering 40% to 80% of the park’s total count of savannah elephants (Loxodonta africana). 

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