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Rockntractor
08-02-2013, 12:19 AM
By Ashish Kumar Sen

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The Washington Times
Tanzania’s storied wildlife reserves could soon get a watchful, winged inhabitant: U.S. drones.

On his visit to the East African nation last month, President Obama discussed the possibility of using unarmed, unmanned aircraft to help overstretched park rangers combat the growing problem of elephant poaching in Tanzania’s vast wildlife reserves and national parks, Tanzanian Ambassador to the United States Liberata Mulamula told editors and reporters at The Washington Times this week.

Wildlife groups estimate that 10,000 to 25,000 elephants are killed in Tanzania each year for their ivory tusks and the number of elephants in southern Tanzania has fallen by more than half. Much of the ivory is shipped illegally to Asian markets.

“The extent of poaching is very, very, very high,” John Salehe, director of the African Wildlife Foundation’s Maasai Steppe, said in a phone interview from Tanzania.

There has been sharp increase in elephant poaching over the past year, he said.

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Find a way to get them as many as they need.

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08-02-2013, 12:24 AM
And arm them with missiles.

Rockntractor
08-02-2013, 12:36 AM
And arm them with missiles.

Amen, to kill noble beasts like these for nothing more than ivory infuriates me!

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