2016 Photo Contest, Nature, Stories, 2nd prize

Ivory Wars

Photographer

Brent Stirton

National Geographic

06 January, 2015

Zakouma National Park is home to the largest remaining elephant herd in the world.

The trade in poached ivory is financing rebel armed militia across Africa, such as the Lord’s Resistance Army, Seleka rebels of the Central African Republic (CAR), the Janjaweed of Sudan, and the FDLR in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Various national armies actively trade with these groups, and centuries-old Sudanese poaching cartels participate in sending large bands of armed men across borders to kill elephants. Patrols of dedicated rangers around the continent are on the frontline of attempts to thwart the trade.

About

Brent Stirton

Brent Stirton is a special correspondent for Getty Images, and a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine as well as other international titles.  He speci...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/640
Focal length
70.0 mm
F-Stop
8.0
ISO
400

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