The Great Elephant Census revealed that the African elephant population declined by 144,000 animals in just seven years between 2007-14. The vast majority were killed to illegally supply ivory to markets in Asia.
At this rate, this African icon could disappear from the wild within our lifetime:
• Savanna elephant populations declined by 30 per- cent; the decline accelerated from 2007 to 2014: down from miillions, only about 350,000 remain.
• High numbers of elephant carcasses were discovered in many protected areas, indicating that elephants are struggling both inside and outside parks.
• Tanzania lost 60% of their elephants in only 5 years
• Mozambique lost 53% in 5 years
For Details visit: www.GreatElephantCensus.com/final-report.
Rhinos Remain Critcally Endangered
Once roaming across Africa in the millions, large-scale poaching of the now critically endangered black rhino resulted in a dramatic 96% decline from 70,000 individuals in 1970 to just 2,410 in 1995. Thanks to conservation efforts across Africa, black rhino numbers have risen since then to a current population of about 5,200 individuals. But every six hours a rhino is poached. And the threat of species extinction continues.
The next 10 years will determine the fate of some of the world's most iconic species: Our fight has only just begun.
"Our research which records the births and deaths of all elephants is a particularly sensitive barometer and alerted the world to what is happening with poaching. We reached a tipping point in 2009 where deaths outnumbered births." Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Save the Elephants