South African Elephant Population Reduces

South African Elephant Population Reduces

A study has shed light on the way African forest elephants have been decreasing in number. They observed that 62% of the elephants across Central Africa had vanished over the last 10 years.

Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) published the study in the scientific journal PLoS One. Almost 60 co-authors were part of the study. This study that was led by Dr Fiona Maisels, a WCS conservation scientist from the School of Natural Sciences, University of Sterling, confirmed that the African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) are treading towards extinction. The biggest reason attributed for the same is that the elephants are killed for their ivory

It highlighted that the regions which were habitats of elephants almost 10 years ago find very less elephants. The surveyed areas were forests in Cameroon, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Gabon and the Republic of Congo.

This study demands quick, effective and multi-level action. Dr. Maisels said, "Although we were expecting to see these results, we were horrified that the decline over the period of a mere decade was over 60%".

As the team has also received human signs like snares and bullet casings, implementation of strict rules has become need of the hour, according to the researchers.


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