|An elephant carcass in Mozambique.|
This article clearly indicates that the poaching epidemic in Africa continues to prove to be inevitable. That is, it not only involves poachers carrying out the dirty work for international organized crime syndicates but also the police and officials working in national parks and other protected areas providing some kind of support to individuals they generally regard as the enemy. The purpose of combating the threat of poaching and the illegal wildlife trade in Africa and other parts of the world should not only involve wildlife experts and conservationists, but also law enforcement and military officials who are specifically trained to pursue and apprehend anyone suspected of conducting or being involved in such illicit activities. The involvement of the police in this ongoing poaching epidemic by providing support for the poachers one way or another has spelled complications in the battle to end poaching and the illegal wildlife trade. Similarly, park wardens and senior officials working in any national parks or protected areas have also been found to be providing some kind of help to poachers which could be indicating areas where elephants, rhinos, and other targeted animals are commonly seen or frequent most often. By doing so, these members of the parks' staff, who play a crucial role in Africa's tourism, are negatively affecting the industry and socio-economic development not just in Mozambique, but also in other countries where poaching and the illegal wildlife trade is rampant. This is why it is extremely crucial that law enforcement and military officials, and staff members of various national parks must be thoroughly educated about how to avoid accepting bribes from poachers so that they do not become involved in the ongoing wildlife crime wave.