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Originally posted by smyleegrl
This is horrific news. According to Discovery News, 62% of all forest elephants have been killed over the past decade.
oo Maisels of the World Conservation Society led the research. WCS spokesperson Stephen Sautner shared these findings from the study with Discovery News: ·
A rapid trend towards extinction is expected — potentially within the next decade — of the forest elephant, according to the authors.
· Almost a third of the land where African forest elephants were able to live 10 years ago has become too dangerous for them.
· Forest elephants were increasingly uncommon in places with high human density, high infrastructure density such as roads, high hunting intensity, and poor governance as indicated by levels of corruption and absence of law enforcement.
· Research carried out by the CITES-MIKE program has shown that the increase in poaching levels across Africa since 2006 is strongly correlated with trends in consumer demand in the Far East, and that poaching levels are also strongly linked with governance at the national level and poverty at the local scale. This has resulted in escalating elephant massacres in areas previously thought to be safe.
Could our generation see the last of the forest elephants? I hate to think so....but this seems to indicate that unless drastic measures are taken, these majestic beasts will become extinct.
This saddens me. The elephant is an amazing creature, intelligent and strong. To think it may soon be gone is distressing, to say the least.
I guess the only thing we can do (I'm referring to the average person on the internet) is to get the word out about what is happening. So pass the news along, my friends.