Chinese construction camps eyed as ivory trade conduits in Republic of Congo
Rangers search for illegal ivory
- Anti-poaching leader is convinced Chinese construction camps are conduits for the ivory trade
- The Congolese government vows to punish anyone found to be connected to poaching
- A wildlife protection group works with Congolese authorities to find and shut down poachers
Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of Congo (CNN) — The Republic of Congo’s main north-south road runs right on the edge of Odzala-Kokoua National Park. For now, it remains nothing more than a narrow dirt track and Odzala, the country’s largest park, very much remains one of the world’s last isolated natural Edens.
But Mathieu Eckel, head of the park’s anti-poaching unit, knows that is quickly changing. For the past year, Eckel has been gathering evidence…
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