Poachers are driving African elephants towards extinction

Poachers are driving African elephants towards extinction



African are at an increased risk of extinction due to and habitat loss, conservationists have warned.

Both of the continent’s species, forest and savanna elephants, have been labelled as endangered in the new Red List produced by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The two species have seen significant declines over the past few decades. The numbers of forest elephants have fallen by more than 86 percent over 31 years, with savanna elephants declining by at least 60 percent over half a century, experts said.

There have been sharp falls in numbers since 2008 due to a significant increase in ivory poaching, which the IUCN said peaked in 2011.

Ongoing conversions of habitats, mostly to agricultural sites, also pose a significant threat to the world’s largest land animal, the assessment said.

The most recent estimate said there are around 415,000 elephants across the continent in the two species combined.

IUCN director general Dr Bruno Oberle said: “IUCN Red List assessments of both species underline the persistent pressures faced by these animals.

“We must urgently put an end to poaching and ensure that sufficient suitable habitats for both forest and savanna elephants are conserved.

“We can reverse elephant declines and we must work together.”

African elephant with her baby (Image: Getty)
African elephant with her baby (Image: Getty)

This article was first published by The Express on 26 March 2021. Lead Image: Are elephants about to become extinct? (Image: Getty).


What you can do

Support ‘Fighting for Wildlife’ by donating as little as $1 – It only takes a minute. Thank you.

 

 

Fighting for Wildlife supports approved wildlife conservation organizations, which spend at least 80 percent of the money they raise on actual fieldwork, rather than administration and fundraising. When making a donation you can designate for which type of initiative it should be used – wildlife, oceans, forests or climate.

 

close
Vanished - Megascops Choliba by Jose Garcia Allievi

Discover hidden wildlife with our FREE newsletters

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Supertrooper

Founder and Executive Editor

Share this post with your friends




Facebook Comments

Leave a Reply

guest
1 Comment