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New Report Underscores Dire Plight of African Elephants

In response to the latest information released on the decline of African elephants, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Ginette Hemley, senior vice president for wildlife conservation:

“These numbers have confirmed our fear – elephants continue to be slaughtered at disturbing rates in many parts of Africa, with deaths exceeding birth rates across much of the research area.

“This data rings the alarm for African states and the international community. Although many countries have taken steps to tackle the poaching crisis and illegal ivory trade, we must accelerate the speed and increase the impact of our efforts globally. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but countries like Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and South Africa have shown that successful elephant conservation in Africa can be possible.

“Countries participating in this month’s CITES (Convention for the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) COP can make a real difference. Through international collaboration, we can put in place the strong legislation, enforcement, demand reduction and community conservation and cooperation efforts needed to end illegal ivory trade and secure a future for elephants.”