111K elephants have been hunted in one decade

The results of a research study that were presented at a special conference in South Africa depict a disturbing image: 30,000-40,000 elephants are killed a year for their ivory.
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It seems that nothing can stop poachers from hunting down elephants. The number of elephants that are hunted down in Africa for their ivory keeps growing every day. The findings of a new research study in South Africa indicate that about 111,000 elephants were hunted in the last decade.

The research was presented as part of a discussion for finding a new solution to the large mammals decreasing population, which took place during the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). According to the organization, the death of 30,000-40,000 elephants per year has caused the sharp decrease of 30% of the entire elephant population, the lowest population in 25 years.

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According to the research, the most significant reason for the elephants' death is that the ivory industry is very financially rewarding. However, the research study points out that the hunters are not the only problem. The reduction of the African Elephant's living environment is also a main reason for the decreasing population.

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"We are particularly concerned about major infrastructure projects that are cutting up the elephant ranges, this is a particular problem for road development in Central and East Africa," said Dr. Chris Thouless, one of the report's authors. Dr. Thouless also pointed out some positives: "The number of elephants in South Africa, Namibia and Uganda is on the rise. In Kenya and Botswana the community spends a lot of land and work power to conserve the elephants."


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