Friday, 8 November 2013

Tanzania: Jumbos Face Extinction As Their Number Drops
By Peter Temba, Tanzania Daily News
5 October 2013

Moshi — AFRICAN forest elephants face extinction if drastic measures are not taken as the elephant numbers have decreased by 62 per cent across Central Africa over the last 10 years according to a study.

The analysis confirmed fears that African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) are heading for extermination, possibly within the next decade, the study reveals, adding that effective, rapid and multi-level action is imperative to save the elephants.

They are concerned the forest elephants are being killed for their ivory, says the study, saying results of the study, undertaken by researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and several other conservation organisations, are published in the scientific journal.

Over 60 co-authors contributed to the study, which was led by Dr Flora Maisels, WCS conservation scientists from the School of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling and Dr Samantha Strindberg.

"Although we were expecting to see these results, we were horrified that the decline over the period of a mere decade was over 60 per cent," says Dr Maisels, adding that findings also indicated that large areas where the elephants ranged just 10 years ago, now have very few elephants remaining.

According to the study, conservationists suggest that almost one-third of the land where African forest elephants were living 10 years ago has become dangerous for animals, since poachers can access those areas using road networks meant for logging.

"Many previously safe areas are now considered to be dangerous for the elephants," the study revealed, suggesting that corruption must be nipped in the bud to change the trend which has been allowing poachers to indulge in the illegal activities of killing the animals for ivory, with impunity.
 
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