Twenty five years ago, there were over 120,000 elephants in South Sudan; today, they number about, only, 5,000 - and maybe much fewer than this. With the current rate of well organized poaching - which involves even South Sudan's security organs, the country could soon have no more elephants in the wild. The country's spectacular, yearly animal migration (mainly of an estimated 800,000 white eared kob antelope), which rivals that of the Maasai Mara-Serengeti, could soon, too, be a thing of the past. Rhinos and zebras are, by most reliable reports, extinct in the country's wild. If nothing, drastic, is not done soon, and immediately, South Sudan's wild giraffes will soon disappear.
Elephants, even in places where they are very well protected like in Kenya - are nowadays facing great danger from poachers. This is due to the price of ivory increasing fourfold and demand increasing in South-East Asia, in China in particular. In a country like South Sudan, which has no proper, well enforced wildlife security and protection, wildlife, like elephants, is in even greater danger. The attraction of making, quick and huge amounts of profit draws poachers and traffickers to this new, still unstable country with very few, if any working institutions. The Southern Sudanese government, those in authority and international conservationists should do all it takes, immediately, to protect and conserve one of its most important and greatest treasures: its wonderful, spectacular but greatly in danger wildlife. At the same time, more, intensive presuure should be put on the main destinations for poached wildlife products (especially on China), in controlling the trade.
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