Ivory Poaching, a Threat to African elephants! These 7 images show their terrible fate…

1. Thousands of elephants die each year so that their tusks can be carved into religious objects. Can the slaughter be stopped?

The two main historical factors behind the decline of African elephants – demand for ivory and changes in land-use – still pose a serious threat to the species. Most range states do not have adequate capacity to protect and manage their herds. If conservation action is not forthcoming, elephants may become locally extinct in some parts of Africa within 50 years. However, in countries where wildlife management authorities are chronically under-funded, poaching still appears to be a chronic, significant problem. Thriving but unmonitored domestic ivory markets continue in a number of states, some of which have few elephants of their own remaining. These markets fuel the illegal international trade.
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