Asan SOS grantee, the Leo Foundation is aiding anti-poaching efforts in Bouba-Ndjida National Park in Cameroon. This park near Cameroon's northern border with Chad supports wildlife such as the African elephant, the famed giant eland, as well as endangered West African lions.
Between January and March 2012, poachers killed circa 450 elephants in the park, the largest single slaughter of elephants on record in Africa in the past two years. This is especially worrisome given that, as of 2007, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimated only 1,000 to 5,000 elephants are still left in Cameroon. Since the incident, which drew worldwide media attention, 60 new ecoguards were deployed to secure Bouba-Ndjidda.
However, these guards currently have no salary, petrol for cars, nourishment, means of medical treatment, GPS equipment, or housing facilities, thus lacking the all means to successfully combat illegal poaching.
Consequently, a repetition of the massacre witnessed earlier this year is a real possibility.