Wildlife authorities decry poaching in Aweil East
Wildlife conservation authorities in Aweil East State have decried the high level of poaching, which they attribute to the proliferation of arms in the hands of civilians.
Speaking to Radio Tamazuj last Thursday, the state director for wildlife conservation, Major General Gabriel Hol Tong said the military, other organized forces and civilians possess guns that are being used to kill wild animals and burn bushes at will.
He further said Tony Chol and Rum Aker game parks have different animal species like lions, giraffes and antelopes, which should be protected.
The wildlife official pointed out that they are understaffed and intimidated by poachers when trying to protect animals in the parks. Tong urged the state government to consider the challenges facing wildlife.
According to a report by the World Travel and Tourism Council, the tourism industry makes up a small share of the GDP of South Sudan, only 1.8% as of 2013.