The poaching crisis is primarily responsible for the 8 percent loss in the population each year, and the trajectory paints a grim picture for the survival of this iconic species.
The ivory trade has been widely reported and policy changes have taken place to quash both supply and demand. Whether these interventions will make a significant impact to save the African elephant remains to be seen. At this current trajectory, however, the largest land mammal on Earth may disappear within our lifetimes.
The ivory trade is the single largest threat to the African elephant.
With less than 415,000 African elephants left in the wild and a poaching rate of eight percent per year, the chances of their survival beyond the next generation remain critically low.
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