The elephant is endangered
96 killed a day
As icons of the Africa continent, elephants are mega-gardeners that boost the health of the ecosystem maintaining Africa’s diverse habitats. Forests of Africa depend on elephants for seed dispersal, that sequester carbon and release water and oxygen, a key role in global climate control. These hulking megafauna are known for their intelligent, complex communication capable of being able to express joy, anger, grief, love, and compassion. Their highly developed social structure and beauty make them a wonder to behold in their natural habitat.
35,000 Elephants slaughtered last year
1900 Population 10 Million
1989 Population 600,000
2014 Population 400,000
On average, every 15 minutes an elephant is brutally slaughtered for their tusks. Elephants are racing to extinction funded by greed, corruption and an obsession with ivory.
Their tusks are sold into the illegally ivory black market trade that feeds the demand for ivory in Europe, China, and the USA which is bankrolling the elephants loom to extinction.
Why Are They Killed ?
Elephants are brutally slaughtered for their ivory. Despite the ban for international trade, elephants are being poached in record numbers. The demand for ivory to make decorative items, jewelry, and trinkets is pushing elephants to the brink of extinction. Burgeoning ivory demand fuels poaching and trafficking, both of which, according to a recent Criminal Nature report, are as dangerous as global arms, human and drug trafficking.
How Are They Poached ?
Ivory dealers employ and arm poachers, who slaughtered entire herds of elephants, shooting them with automatic weapons, darting, or catching them with snares. While the animal is most times still alive, the tusks are gouged out of their skull, leaving the elephant to die a slow death from hemorrhage often while their young watch near by.
Leading Buyer Of Ivory
Illegal Wildlife Trade, Human-Elephant Conflict, Habitat Loss
1900’s 10 MILLION – 2010’s 400’000
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