|By Kramer Phillips | 4 years ago|
The African elephant is the biggest land mammal on the planet. The gentle giant is perceived to be extremely intelligent and graceful suffice its monstrous size. Perhaps its greatest undoing is its beautiful Ivory tusks. They act like a bull’s eye for poachers who kill the mammals as they harvest their tasks.
This has led to a 30 percent decline in its population in the past four years. This is the biggest decline of any animal in the past half century. At this rate, the African elephant will be extinct in less than ten years. The survey, funded by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen found that in every herd 100 elephants 12 were carcasses.
The air patrol also recorded that poaching has drastically increased in countries like Tanzania. The survey also proved that the DRC has the lowest number of elephants in any elephant harboring country and is at the greatest risk to become extinct in the country.
“If we can’t save the African elephant, what is the hope of conserving the rest of Africa’s wildlife?” elephant ecologist Mike Chase, the lead researcher, said in a statement. “I am hopeful that, with the right tools, research, conservation efforts, and political will, we can help conserve elephants for decades to come.”
But perhaps an even bigger undoing to the elephant is itself. With a two year gestation period, the population growth is incredibly slow. With an even slower growth rate, each female elephant can only have one cab every five years.