Can You Imagine Africa’s Elephants No Longer Exist?
If the African elephants’ poaching statistics continue to be at their present level where 100,000 were slaughtered in the three years to 2012, we shall surely see its demise within this decade. Globally, the trade in illegal wildlife, including elephants, is estimated at $20 billion a year. A slow birth rate and the predations of poachers to satisfy an almost insatiable demand for ivory in China and Asia for ornaments or traditional medicine make the task of saving these creatures near impossible. Of the estimated population of 450,000, more than half live in Botswana and Zimbabwe. The worst poaching takes place in the largely ungovernable and war-ravaged Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo. Presently, nearly all harvested ivory makes their way to China. More can be done when there is a political will to stave off this rampant killing.
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