Monday, July 29, 2002

CHIMPANZEES NEXT WHEN POACHERS KILL LAST ELEPHANTS

Poaching threatens elephants in DRC
July 29, 2002 Posted: 9:47 AM EDT (1347 GMT)

By Gary Strieker

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo -- Elephants are under threat in the northern Democratic Republic of Congo as demand for their meat grows in the Central African Republic, a conservationist says....

It is a home for a combination of forest and savannah wildlife, possibly including a type of large chimpanzee still unknown to science.

If poaching continues and elephants are soon eliminated, the next targets would be other large animal species like bongos and chimpanzees until all the wildlife there is also destroyed, leaving local people in an impoverished environment without important food resources....