In a recent gruesome poaching incident in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa, 22 elephants were killed by poachers attacking from a helicopter, in the Garamba National Park, which has been on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in Danger since 1996.
The Park is home to four large mammals - the elephant, the giraffe, the hippopotamus and the white rhinoceros - of which the particular species of the giraffe and the rhinoceros (the northern savannah giraffe and northern white rhinoceros) do not occur anywhere else in the country.
A Reuters' report said the poachers removed the elephants' tusks and genitals. These will then, it is believed, be smuggled to Asia through South Sudan or Uganda - the infamous Ivory Road.
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