The first ever survey of African Elephants, spanning many nations, just concluded, and it gave forth a dismal picture. We’re losing the war against poachers.
The $7 million survey declared substantial elephant losses to poaching in the last decade and states a steady decline of 8% a year. The Great Elephant Census, or the GEC, spanned 18 countries with elephant populations and consisted of over 90 scientists and many organisations.
The GEC only confirms what we know; we need to protect the wildlife of this planet. Soon enough, if poaching goes uninhibited, we’ll only see the majestic African elephant in pictures.
- How would you recommend we move forward with this information?
- How can we preserve and protect the African elephant?
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