Here’s some troubling news: elephants are being killed in such staggering numbers that scientists fear they could become extinct within a generation.
It’s estimated that around 50,000 elephants are killed each year due to the illegal poaching crisis in Africa. Despite international pressure to stop the killings, the majestic creatures are doomed for extinction unless action is taken to end the lucrative trade in wildlife products, like ivory.
According to researchers, the two worst areas for poaching are Tanzania and nearby parts of Mozambique. Thankfully, organizations like WildAid are targeting Tanzania to inform the public and generate widespread support among civil society for the protection of elephants, but it might not be enough. The black market trade, which deals with ivory trinkets and traditional medicines, continues to thrive.
Conservationists fear, that with an estimated population of less than half a million, the African poaching crisis is pushing the species to extinction.
These fears were also discussed earlier this year at the Africa Elephant Summit in Botswana where new alarming figures about elephants were presented that showed that due to the current number of animals being poached, they could go extinct in the next 10 years.
The tragic news comes only one year after 46 countries signed the London declaration on illegal wildlife trade.
Researchers and conservationists hope that the new depressing numbers will force policy makers to act, so they can stave off the onslaught of poaching, and, ultimately, protect our elephants.