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The African elephant will disappear within two decades if urgent action is not taken to save one of the world's most iconic animal species, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has warned in a new ...


The IUCN Red List notes the total population of African elephants is actually on the increase thanks to this progress, but both species are still listed as vulnerable to extinction, primarily due ...


To leaf through Wolfe’s latest collection, Wild Elephants: Conservation in the Age of Extinction (Earth Aware Editions, 2019), is to be introduced to an animal whose elegance, intelligence, and social complexities signal one of nature’s least understood yet most compelling wonders. On any given page, we are granted access to intimate scenes ...


I believe, it is, which is why plundering, poaching, and killing of wild animals, especially African elephants, is still so rampant. The supremely majestic African elephants, revered all over the world for their amazing social behavior, live in herds led by an older, single female, the matriarch.


In the last century, the African elephant population has decreased by almost 90 percent, with an estimated 415,000 remaining as of 2016. They are considered vulnerable under the IUCN’s Red List.


But elephants indeed face multiple dangers, some that could even send them into extinction. And since elephants have no natural enemy, what on Earth could possibly be harming them? The answer is simple. Humans. Poaching, or the illegal practice of hunting, is a reoccurring struggle for the African elephant population.


In 1989, the African elephant was listed under Appendix I by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), making trade illegal. Appendix II status (which allows restricted trade) was given to elephants in Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe in 1997 and South Africa in 2000.


With optimistic estimates putting the elephant population figure at under half a million, at the rate they are being killed, elephants will be extinct in twenty short years.


African elephants made the endangered list because, despite a ban being placed on the international trade in ivory, they are still poached for their tusks which are made from ivory, meat, and skin. African elephant numbers are also negatively affected by habitat loss and degradation and human-wildlife conflicts. #13 - African Lion


Top 5 Ways to Save Our Elephants From Extinction 08/09/2014 01:03 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017 Photo credit: Global March for elephants and rhinos - 4 October / savingthewild.com