Two elephants found dead at Vietnam national park

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Two elephant carcasses have been found at a national park in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak, the male losing its tusks.

Tran Van Thanh, director of Yok Don National Park, on Saturday told Tuoi Tre the bodies were found by the park's rangers on patrol and they were rotten.

They include a male and a female elephant. The male one lost its face and the rangers said it must have been killed for its tusks. Asian female elephants do not have tusks.

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Investigations were launched to find out the cause of the deaths.

According to a study by the Tay Nguyen University based in the highlands, Vietnam had 82 captive elephants in 2011, down from 600 in 1980 and 165 in 2006. The number of wild elephants in 2009 was estimated at between 83 and 100.

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