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30% African elephants wiped out in 7 yrs

A study confirms considerable declines in elephant numbers over just the last decade

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Sep 2 2016 4:43PM | Updated Date: Sep 2 2016 4:43PM

30% African elephants wiped out in 7 yrs

 Population of Elephant in Africa has dipped by as much as 30 percent between 2007 and 2014, the results of a pan-African survey of savanna elephants have shown.

 
Study  of the three-year Great Elephant Census managed by Elephants Without Borders (EWB), which is based in New York, confirms considerable declines in elephant numbers over just the last decade.
 
"The results of the GEC show the necessity of action to end the African elephants' downward trajectory by preventing poaching and protecting habitat," said Michael Chase, EWB Director and the Principle Investigator on the project.
 
The project to count all of Africa's savannah elephants has completed 18 country surveys with two countries still to be completed, organisers said.