Poachers killed around 100,000 elephants all over Africa from 2010 to 2012, a tremendous increase in the death rate of the largest mammals in the world on the continent due to a higher need for ivory in China plus other countries in Asian, new research published at the start of this week revealed.
Cautions about enormous elephant kills have been buzzing for a long time, however thjis study is the very first to scientifically assess the volume of deaths on the continent through calculating deaths in a single closely tracked park in Africa.
The research that was done by the leading elephant professionals un the world found that the percentage of unlawfully killed elephants has risen from 25 % of all deaths of elephant ten years ago to approximately 65 % of all elephant killed these days, a percentage that, if carried on, can result in the extinction of this species.
China’s growing middle-class plus the need for ivory in china of 1.3 billion people is pushing the black-market ivory price high, resulting in more poor African people willing to take the criminal danger on and murder elephants.
The study was released on Monday during the National Academy of Science Proceedings. Co-authored by professionals from Save the Elephants, MIKE an international group in charge of monitoring the unlawful deaths of elephants, plus 2 international universities.
Iain Douglas-Hamilton the founding father of Save the Elephants said that the present need for ivory is not sustainable. That is our current conclusion. It has to reduce. Or else the elephants will keep reducing
The rate of deaths of Elephant aren’t occurring at the same pace across the African continent. The greatest death-rate is within central Africa, with Tanzania plus Kenya following. Botswana is a dazzling spot, with an increasing population. The rhinos in South Africa are being murdered; however poachers haven’t yet started attacking elephants.
A number of specific elephant death statistics are shocking. The population of elephants in Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania decreased from 40,000 to 13,000 in the past 3 years.
China comprehends its image issue regarding the trade of ivory. Its embassy within Kenya recently donated equipment for anti-poaching to 4 wildlife conservancies. Liu Xianfa the Chinese Ambassador said during the handover ceremony that his country is expanding publicity as well as education of its people to increase knowledge of the unlawful ivory trade.
Liu added that Wildlife crimes are currently a cross-border nuisance, in accordance with records from the ceremony published by Capital FM. he said that he guarantees that more and more action will come along and so will support to carry out their promise. They strongly think that, through combined efforts, the efforts of fighting wildlife crimes will be successful.
Counting elephants is very difficult. Although Douglas-Hamilton will not provide estimation as to the number of live on the African continent. A commonly reported number is around 400,000; however the Save the Elephants founder believes that nobody genuinely is aware.