Report Says African Elephants Are Being Poached At An Alarming Rate
A new report says African elephant populations are still dwindling, specifically in Central and West Africa.By Melissa Prax | March 3, 2016
African elephant populations are continuing to dwindle, and a new report says poaching is to blame.
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora has been tracking this. CITES says while poaching is down overall, the number of elephants dying at the hands of poachers is still larger than the number being born.
High levels of poaching are still taking place in Central and West Africa, and the illegal ivory trade is a big incentive. CITES' data shows about 60 percent of elephant deaths are due to poaching, and the World Wildlife Fund estimates as many as 30,000 elephants are poached every year.