Elephants in grave danger, new report says
19 August 2014, 11:48
Nairobi - A new research conducted in
Kenya has revealed that the proportion of illegally killed elephants
has grown with an estimated 100 000 elephants having been killed in
Africa for their ivory between 2010 and 2012.
The study, which Save the Elephants conducted in association with the
Kenya Wildlife Service states that an average of 33 630 elephants per
annum are calculated to have been lost over those three years, with
preliminary data indicating unsustainable levels
continued in 2013.
“The number of elephants remaining in Africa is uncertain, but these
losses are driving declines in the world's wild African elephants on the
order of 2-3% a year,” states Save the Elephant report.
The most thoroughly studied site was Samburu in northern Kenya where
every birth and death over the past 16 years has been recorded, in a
long-term monitoring project that lead author George Wittemyer of
Colorado State University co-founded with Save the Elephants,
in association with the Kenya Wildlife Service.
"Witnessing the killing of known elephants, some that we have followed since they were born, has been terrible," said Wittemyer.
"Our data has become the most sensitive barometer of change during this
poaching epidemic. We needed to quantify the scale of killing and
figure out how to derive rigorous interpretation of poaching rates."
The report states that over the last decade, the proportion of illegally
killed elephants has climbed from 25 percent to between 60 and 70
While the timing and magnitude of declines differed by region in Africa,
with central Africa experiencing the worst levels, all regions of
Africa are facing unsustainable levels of ivory poaching with the
killing peak in 2011 equating to over 40 000 elephant
- CAJ News
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