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Poachers open fire on elephants at heritage site

Published: 1:11PM Friday May 10, 2013 Source: ONE News

  • Elephant (Source: Photos.com)
    Elephant - Source: Photos.com

Several elephants are believed to have been slaughtered at a protected site in Africa.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) says 17 "heavily armed" suspected poachers entered the Dzanga-Ndoki National Park in Central African Republic and opened fire on the elephants.

The organisation says researchers working in the area confirmed hearing automatic weapon shots coming from a large clearing known as Dzanga Bai, or "village of elephants" where between 50 and 200 elephants congregate daily to drink mineral salts present in the sands.

The Park is a World Heritage site and features frequently in wildlife documentaries.

WWF says it is "extremely worried" about the elephants in Dzanga-Ndoki national park.

It says ivory poachers were seen using a scientist's observation platform to shoot the animals.