Ranger shot, elephant slaughtered, poachers got away in Moz

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A ranger in the Niassa Nature Reserve was seriously wounded by a bullet this morning while chasing a group of poachers responsible for slaughtering an elephant, the 135th to be killed since January 2017.

Meanwhile, the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) complains that elephant poachers in the Niassa Reserve frequently use automatic weapons, while the rangers are armed with slingshots and other rudimentary weapons.

Police spokesman said the perpetrators were still at large with the poached tusks whilst the ranger is in hospital with serious leg injuries.

At least 134 elephants were killed by poachers in the Niassa Reserve last year, raising to 356 the total number of pachyderms killed in Mozambique over the period.