VIDEO: better training and equipping rangers may give African forest elephants a fighting chance

In order to support the Congolese authorities in their efforts to reinforce the protection of the forest elephants that have become the preferred target of poachers and callous traffickers, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has supported the fight against poaching within Odzala –Kokoua National Park since 2011.

More than 40 eco-guards and managers were trained in anti-poaching techniques over a two month period, and then evaluated in February 2012. IFAW equipped the guards fully by providing them with military uniforms as well as sophisticated communication tools.

Arms and ammunition are provided by the Congolese government.

At the beginning of June 2012, IFAW organized a national workshop to improve the prevention of the illegal ivory trade; this event brought together all the national agencies involved in the fight against ivory trafficking as well as magistrates from Brazzaville and Ouesso. 

--CSB

For more information about our efforts to protect elephants from the illegal trade in their ivory, visit our campaign page.

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Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Director, France and Francophone Africa
Director, France and Francophone Africa
Dr. Cynthia Moss, IFAW Elephant Expert
IFAW Elephant Expert
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
Regional Director, Asia
James Isiche, Regional Director, East Africa
Regional Director, East Africa
Jason Bell, Program Director, Elephants Regional Director, South Africa
Program Director, Elephants, Regional Director, South Africa
Peter Pueschel, Director, International Environmental Agreements
Director, International Environmental Agreements
Vivek Menon, Director of IFAW partner, Wildlife Trust of India
Regional Director, South Asia