31 Mar '13, 10am
Forest Elephants Disappear as We Watch
, the species we all expect on the savanna, has only 7,000 animals in central or western Africa. This could explain why poaching of the forest species is so extensive. In 2012, Cameroon saw well-armed poachers on horseback killing several hundred elephants. In mid-November, the Cameroon Army prevented their return. Armies unfortunately are often busy with other concerns. In the same year, China approached CITES with proposals on its internal trading in ivory They seem to have failed to carry out any changes in their internal monitoring As Fiona points out, "Saving the species requires a coordinated global effort in the countries where elephants occur, all along the ivory smuggling routes and at the final destination in the Far East. We don't have much time."