A study conducted by elephant experts in Africa confirmed that 100,000 elephants were killed in Africa during 2012-2014. This study further concluded that the proportion of illegally killed elephants has climbed from 25 percent of all elephant deaths a decade ago to roughly 65 percent of all elephant deaths today, a percentage that, if continued, will lead to the extinction of the species.
This increase in poaching of African elephant is mainly due to high demand for ivory from China.
The peer-review study was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It was co-authored by experts from Save the Elephants, the Kenya Wildlife Service, an international group called MIKE responsible for monitoring the illegal killings of elephants, and two international universities.
For more details please read this scientific article…