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Inside the Battle to Save Africa’s Elephants

Conservation by from CNN, April 10, 2015

Conservation is war,” they say, and nowhere is that clearer than in Zakouma National Park.

Every day, in this remote wildlife refuge in the Salamat region of southeastern Chad, park rangers risk their lives to protect elephants that have managed to survive the poaching massacres of the last decade.

In the rising morning heat, birdcalls are interrupted by shots ringing out in the bush. It’s an elite group of park rangers training on a firing range to sharpen their combat skills.

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