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South Sudan elephants at risk

JUBA: The once-thriving elephant population of South Sudan could be wiped out in five years if rampant poaching is not brought under control, a wildlife protection group warned yesterday.

After decades of civil war the African country, which became independent last year, has fewer than 5000 elephants left, down from around 130,000 in 1986, the United States-based Wildlife Conservation Society said.

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