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Dec 6, 2013

Africa: First aerial elephant population census

Something needs to be done about poachers.

Africa's first aerial elephant census to capture falling numbers | Environment | theguardian.com

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Excerpts:
It is currently estimated that there are between 410,000 and 650,000 elephants left in Africa, representing more than a 50% decline in the last 35 years. But some key populations have not been surveyed for 10 years, and in some places, numbers are completely unknown.
Africa is currently experiencing the highest rate of elephant mortality in history, driven largely by a multibillion-dollar illicit ivory trade. Experts have warned that African elephants could become extinct within 10 years. Several hundred are killed every week by well-armed poachers seeking ivory, meat and body parts.

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