27 Feb '17, 5pm

'No Place Is Safe From Poaching': 25,000+ Elephants Killed in Key African Reserve

'No Place Is Safe From Poaching': 25,000+ Elephants Killed in Key African Reserve

New research shows that more than 25,000 forest elephants were killed for their ivory in Gabon's Minkébé National Park, one of the largest and most important wildlife preserves in Central Africa, between 2004 and 2014. That's a decline of somewhere between 78 and 81 percent in the park's forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis ) population over the span of just one decade, and it was largely driven by poachers who crossed the border into Gabon from its neighbor to the north, Cameroon, according to a the study led by researchers with Duke University and published in the journal Current Biology in February. "With nearly half of Central Africa's estimated 100,000 forest elephants thought to live in Gabon, the loss of 25,000 elephants from this key sanctuary is a considerable setback for the preservation of the species," John Poulsen, assistant professor of tropical ecology at Duk...

Full article: http://www.ecowatch.com/elephants-poaching-ivory-22883795...

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