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Introduction to Elephants of Cameroon

African Elephants (Loxodonta africana) were added to the endangered species list in 1988. Concern for their survival arose after increasing ivory prices provoked unprecedented poaching during the 1970s.

In the African nation of Cameroon, the elephant is further threatened by the expansion of human populations into its historical habitat areas. Conflicts between humans and elephants--often arising after elephants ransack valuable agricultural fields--often lead to the death of the latter.

To address this and other problems, the Cameroon Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MINEF) has worked with World Wildlife Fund-Cameroon and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to create its a National Elephant Management Plan. Dr. Mike Loomis, Chief Veterinarian at the North Carolina Zoological Park, is part of the team charged with developing this plan.


Fall 2013 Operations in Cameroon 
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After a successful collaring in Nigeria, the team moved on to the Banyang- Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary in Cameroon. It was a difficult trip, though there is every reason to believe an elephant can be collared in this area soon.
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Fall 2013 Operations in Nigeria 
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The Fall 2013 elephant collaring season begins in Nigeria's Yankari Reserve with the goal of collaring one elephant within the Reserve's boundaries.
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Fall 2013 Collaring Operations Underway 
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Fall 2013 elephant collaring operations began in October in Nigeria and will continue in Cameroon. They will end in late November. Teams working in both countries will be reporting back to FTE over the course of the next few weeks.
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