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African Elephants May Go Extinct Within The Next Decade



Majestic and wise, the African elephant is an iconic land animal revered for its gargantuan size and regal presence.  But did you know that in just the past three years, over 100,000 African elephants were poached for their ivory tusks? The rate at which elephants are being illegally hunted, according to experts, places them at risk of becoming extinct within the next one or two decades.

At the recent Africa Elephant Summit in Botswana, Africa, conservationists presented some alarming figures about the elephants, showing that they very well may go extinct within the next 10 years if something drastic isn't done.

"This species could be extinct in our lifetime, within one or two decades, if the current trend continues," stated Dune Ives, senior researcher at Vulcan, a philanthropic organization run by US billionaire Paul Allen. "In five years we may have lost the opportunity to save this magnificent and iconic animal."

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, between 2006 and 2013, the elephant population has declined from 550,000 to 470,000, and in East Africa, their numbers have gone from 150,000 to 100,000.