October 22, 2009

The African elephant (loxodonta africana) could be EXTINCT in the wild in 15 years with approximately 100 animals dying each day.

The current population is around 600,00 with 38,000 dying each year from poaching, drought, habitat loss etc. A lift of the ivory ban and recent droughts have quickly reduced the populations in many parts of Africa.

A self sustaining captive population as backup is also not an option unless large financial commitments are made. Historically, elephants have been difficult to breed in captivity and require a lot of space/money to maintain.

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