The elephant population in Africa has reached the lowest levels for 25 years. The main cause is the stealth cause, according to a study published today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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The results now known, made based on 275 measurements across the continent, indicate that there is today in Africa 415,000 elephants. In the last decade, more than 111,000 elephants died on African soil.

The main cause? furtive hunting. “The sharp rise in illegal hunting that began about a decade – the worst that Africa lived from the years 1970-80, is the main cause of the decline of elephant populations,” says the International Union for Conservation of Nature ( IUCN) in a statement.

Also, the gradual disappearance of the natural habitat of these animals is considered as another key factor in this decline.

“This is a truly alarming situation of the majestic elephant,” says Inger Andersen, Director General of IUCN.

Even being an illegal practice, the sale of ivory teeth continue to move high prices, sold mainly to Asian markets.

This study was published in the International Convention on trade in endangered wildlife species (CITES) in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference began yesterday and hope that here arise concrete measures of protection for these animals is great.

 

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