VOA Special Report

The Assault on Gabon’s Forest Elephants

VOA journeys for eight days deep into remote Minkebe National Park, where more than 80 percent of the forest elephants have disappeared over the last decade, mostly due to poaching. Poachers escape across the Ivindo River and deeper into the forest along the borders of Cameroon, Gabon, and Republic of Congo. Outgunned park rangers struggle to keep up as the poachers they do catch often spend little time in prison.