Last week it was discovered that two elephants were killed and ivory taken near Mboko at Odzala-Kokoua National Park. Park management and staff left their camp in the village of Mbomo a couple of months ago after angry local leaders tied to the ivory trade incited 200 people to attack the park headquarters camp. There were minor injuries but the Park staff the next day fled the area and set up a temporary HQ site in Makoua, over 50 miles away. African Parks Network who manages the park took all the staff and salaries to Makoua and have been in discussions with Congo ministry officials to solve conflict issues. In the meantime with no eco-guard coverage near Mboko and Lango camps, 35 kilometers from Mbomo, twoadult bull elephants were found slaughtered for their ivory. One of the elephants was habituated. I spent 3 months out in Mboko building an airplane hanger with a dozen local laborers. The noted elephant frequently came to visit us day and night at our camp. It appeared to be curious.
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