By Manas James Okony
BOR, 22nd FEBRUARY, 2019 [JONGLEI] _Poaching has put wild life under threat of extinction in South Sudan’s Jonglei State, a state wild life director said on Friday.
In an interview with Jonglei State Website, Zechariah Atem Manyok, the director for wild life conservation and tourism in Jonglei said various species of wild animals face extinction as poaching is on the rise due to high demand for bush meat in the region.
“Condition of animals is not good. Presence of armed civilians and armed organized forces including SSPDF is putting our wild life in danger,” he said.
He pointed out that lack of funds is making wild life conservation difficult.
“Our game warders do not have guns and cars for patrol of areas where poaching is intensifying,” he said.
The wild life official revealed that they arrested at least four suspected poacher since January, adding the suspects are being tried at a court in Bor town.
Atem is appealing for funds to help provide locals awareness on the value of wild life.