BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Wildlife officials say poachers have slaughtered at least 26 elephants inside a famed park in volatile Central African Republic.
WWF said Friday that local residents already had started taking meat from the carcasses, which included four calves. Earlier this week, 17 armed fighters who identified themselves being with the Seleka rebel movement entered the Dzanga Bai. The rebels who overthrew Central African Republic's president in March have been accused of involvement in elephant poaching.
The population of the region's forest elephants has plummeted in recent years from poaching.