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Stop The Poaching! : Elephant Species Critically Endangered

Populations of African elephants have been on the decline for the past decade due to poaching of their tusks. Now for the first time, a major conservation body has recognized the Savanna Elephant and Forest Elephant as two different species, and they're both in real trouble.

Savanna elephants are endangered and forest elephants are considered critically endangered, according to an official assessment released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. “For both species, poaching is still the biggest driver of decline” stated Kathleen Gobush, leader of the new assessments…”The assessments hopefully will garner renewed attention for the world to double down on stopping the killing, trafficking, and demand for ivory.”

Since 2008, an elephant poaching crisis has had a tight hold on the continent of Africa. In 2016, it was reported that between 2007 and 2014, savanna elephants declined by 30 percent in 18 African countries. A report made in 2013 found that forest elephant populations have declined by 62 percent in less than ten years.

The peak poaching time was in 2011 and has eased up a little since then, mostly in parts of East Africa. While it’s getting better in some spots, it’s getting worse in others, like Central and West Africa. At this time, elephant habitats continue to be degraded by or lost to human activity.

The two species have been grouped together and seems to continue to, which has hindered conservation efforts for both Savanna and Forest Elephants. “From a legal or regulatory perspective, governments need to catch up.” stated Sue Lieberman, vice president of international policy at the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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