African Elephants Numbers Plummet 30%.
This landmark baseline survey initiated by the nonprofit organization Elephants Without Borders, based in Botswana, took 3 years to complete. It is not a very encouraging result, but the preservation of elephants are ultimately in the hands of governments, particularly where these primates are found and the thirst for their tasks, principally in Asia. The will to immediate ban and clamp down on this trade seems lackadaisical and localized. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the various NGOs interested in these species must not give up the fight; education and urgent pressures applied against the ivory trade must be intensified.
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