Conservation, News, People, Poaching

Garamba ranger Jean-Marie Kpionyeslinai.

Garamba ranger Jean-Marie Kpionyeslinai.

Garamba ranger Jean-Marie Kpionyeslinai.

African Parks announced on the 19th of June that three men, one Garamba Park ranger and two members of the Congolese armed forces, were ambushed and killed by poachers on the 17th. The men were part of a reinforcement team sent into the bush via helicopter to support the group of rangers that originally made contact with the poaching unit. This comes shortly after the loss of Garamba ranger Agoyo Mbikoyo in late April.

Agoyo Mbikoyo was a ranger at Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Agoyo Mbikoyo was a ranger at Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The men  responsible for the ambush on the 17th are  believed to be South Sudanese although no certain  developments have been released. However, there is a  history of conflict between the Congolese government  and the Lord’s Resistance Army. In the first five months  of 2014, rangers had logged over 45 encounters with  the terrorist organization.

A task force of Garamba rangers, Congolese military and  regional force is currently in pursuit of the  poachers responsible for the ambush.

The three men killed were: ranger Jean-Marie  Kpionyeslinai, Corporal Kambale Musubao and  Lieutenant Moise Mospado. The bodies of all three men  were buried on  the 18th; Musubao and Mospado were  interred near  their homes in Dungu and Kpionyeslinai  was buried near  his home in Nagero. Collectively, three  wives and twelve children were left behind by the three  men.

Peter Fearnhead, the C.E.O. of African Parks  said, “Three wives lost their husbands and 12 children  are now without fathers. Their deaths are a testimony to  the threats and dangers that rangers, and members of  the armed forces assisting them, face every day in  thwarting and preventing poaching in Africa’s national  parks and protected areas. They have paid the ultimate  price in attempting to eliminate the scourge”. (Quote  from Cynthia Walley’s release on the attack)

 

 

 

 

List of Garamba’s Recently Fallen

Jean-Marie Kpionyeslinai (17/06/15) leaves behind a wife and five children.

Kambale Musubao (17/06/15) leaves behind a wife.

Moise Mospado (17/06/15) leaves behind a wife and seven children.

Agoyo Mbikoyo (25/04/15) leaves behind a wife and two children.

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