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Brent Stirton

ZAKOUMA NATIONAL PARK, CHAD, 7 JANUARY 2015: A view of a group from the largest herd of elephants in Zakouma National Park, around 450 elephants in total. These herds used to be as large as 1000 animals all moving together, severe poaching by Sudanese gunmen over the last decade saw that number decimated and now only around 20% of the elephants of Zakouma remain. Since 2011 however there has been control over poaching and there has not been a single elephant poached in the last 2 years. The president of Chad, Idris Deby, is a strong supporter of the park and Zakouma is on the upsurge in terms of its elephant population once again. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage for National Geographic Magazine.)...

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Meet the Author

Joanna Eede
Joanna Eede was an editorial consultant to Survival International with a particular interest in the relationship between man and nature and tribal peoples. She has created and edited three environmental books, including Portrait of England (Think Publishing, 2006) and We are One: A Celebration of Tribal Peoples (Quadrille, 2009). Joanna writes for newspapers and magazines on subjects such as the repatriation of wild Przewalski horses to Mongolia, the whales of the Alboran sea, the chimpanzees of the Mahale rainforest, uncontacted tribes of the Amazon rainforest and the Hadza hunter gatherer people of Tanzania. Future ideas include a book about Tibet’s nomads.