They are so cute, such gentle creatures and they are in crisis: the worlds elephants, their populations between 2002 and 2011 saw significant reductions. It is estimated that the world’s forest elephant population was reduced by 62% during that time.
The Stark Facts on Our Elephant Friends
- There are only about 40,000-50,000 Asian elephants left in the world today.
- Since 1950, African elephants have lost over 50 percent of their range. They once roamed the continent, but they are now relegated to a few small areas.
- There were around 1.3 million African elephants alive in 1980. In 2012, there were only an estimated 420,000 to 690,000 elephants left.
- Most poaching today is not done by poor farmers; instead, poaching is done by well-organized, and well-funded criminal traffickers.
- Elephants play an important ecological role; without elephants, ecosystems are thrown out of balance.
100,000 Elephants Killed by Poachers in Just Three Years, Landmark Analysis Finds
Central Africa has lost 64 percent of its elephants in a decade.
By Brad Scriber, National Geographic PUBLISHED August 18, 2014
African Elephants – WWF