9 Startling Facts About Elephant Poaching In Africa

Thanks to the Great Elephant Census, which has been gathering data about elephant populations in 18 African countries, we now know a lot more about the creatures and the people who hunt them.

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    The current estimated African elephant population is approximately 350,000.

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    Of those 350,000 elephants, 130,451 live in Botswana alone.

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    Elephants have been moving into Botswana because poaching is illegal there, and it's a safe place to stay.

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    Sadly, poachers are now beginning to operate illegal in Botswana, and 21 elephant carcasses have been discovered there within the last few weeks.

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    Since 2007, Africa has lost approximately 144,000 elephants to poachers.

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    And in the last seven years, Africa has lost 30% of its elephant population.

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    An average of 30,000 elephants die every year.

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    At this rate, half of Africa's elephants will be gone by 2023.

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    Nonetheless, Botswana is committed to elephant protection and has border patrol.

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