A new study shows elephants are not doing well, even in protected areas in Africa. The cause of their death is most often poaching. The study is shocking, estimating that there are less than 360,000 savannah elephants left in the wild. The study is important since it was a massive undertaking – developing the largest database for any mammal.
According to The Express, a leader of the study at the University of Pretoria, Ashley Robson, said:
“While the magnitude of loss due to poaching is devastating – 730 000 elephants are missing across the 73 protected areas assessed – I don’t see our work as more doom and gloom. On the contrary, we provide ecologically meaningful goals for elephant conservationists to work toward. It’s a positive step for elephants.”
In other words, by knowing the numbers, we can understand the problem better and hopefully come up with better solutions to save elephants.
photo: taken at Elephant Nature Park