Elephant conservation, illegal killing and ivory trade

Over 20,000 African elephants were poached across the continent in 2013 according to a report released today by the CITES Secretariat. Although the sharp upward trend in illegal elephant killing observed since the mid-2000s, which had peaked in 2011, is levelling off, poaching levels remain alarmingly high and continue to far exceed the natural elephant population growth rates, resulting in a further decline in elephant populations across Africa.

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