Elephants Rampage in Cameroon City Due to Thirst


A herd of elephants has caused havoc in north Cameroon after wandering into a regional capital, Maroua, and trampling through surrounding villages, killing at least two people. The animals are believed to have moved in search of water due to the arid nature of the region. Cameroon is home to an estimated 6,830 elephants, one of the largest populations of the endangered species in Africa. While conservation efforts have increased their numbers, loss of habitat to plantations and villages can cause the animals to occasionally wander into human settlements, trampling crops and homes, and sometimes charging people. Wildlife groups in Cameroon have been seeking to resolve the conflict between elephants and humans and prevent poaching.