It’s alarming to read the results of the Great Elephant Census (GEC) released by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (UICN) in Hawaii on Friday (2nd September). The report highlights the plight and the future survival of the species.
It reveals that poachers are decimating the elephant population. In some areas elephant deaths were exceeding the birthrate. There is a decline of 30% in African savanna elephant populations in 15 of the 18 countries surveyed revealing that about 30,000 elephants are being killed in a year.
Just 352,271 elephant were counted in the census across the countries surveyed. Though Namibia and South Africa’s populations are still to be included – an additional 22,711 and 9000. Add the forest elephant, whose numbers could be as low as 50,000 and the total comes to the paltry figure of about 434,000.
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