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They Are So Cute, Such Gentle Creatures and They Are In Crisis: The Worlds Elephants

They Are So Cute, Such Gentle Creatures and They Are In Crisis: The Worlds Elephants

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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

  1. There are only about 40,000-50,000 Asian elephants left in the world today.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Most poaching today is not done by poor farmers; instead, poaching is done by well-organized, and well-funded criminal traffickers.
  5. Elephants play an important ecological role; without elephants, ecosystems are thrown out of balance.

Additional Information

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

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26 Comments

  1. They really are such beautiful creatures, and it is so sad that they are so endangered.

  2. As Lisa says, elephants are quite some creatures. I just visited Thailand and had some great memories together with elephants. A touching video.

  3. Amazing animals, we should take better care of them… :-/

  4. Yes, I follow the elephants plight…sigh

  5. That is so sweet! It is sad what humans do, instead of treasuring animals , hunt them and kill.

  6. It is shocking to hear how fast the elephant population is dwindling. Very sad to hear they are deliberately hunted, and more often than not for their tusks. They are endangered species, and I hope one day all of us can show more compassion to this species.

  7. So very cute and so “used” by humans.
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  8. Charlie I had been seeing more of these headlines recently but I had no idea about the stark reality of the statistics. Thank you for sharing this and creating awareness.

  9. I heard that the other day that poachers shot down a helicopter that had been monitoring their activities. They are well-armed, ruthless criminal types, it seems, and most definitely not desperate farmers. 🙁
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  10. How ironic that such a gentle creature should be the symbol of the increasingly mean-spirited Republican Party. If you ask me (or even if you don’t), elephant lovers should sue the GOP for defamation of character.

  11. We, the humans, are perishing this wonderful planet 🙁 Such adorable creatures are almost on the way of extinction… 🙁
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