In Gabon, Forest Elephants Plummet
February 7, 2013
We are sad to report new findings from Gabon. Once home to Africa’s largest forest elephant population, Gabon’s Minkebe Park has lost a staggering 11,000 of these animals to poaching since 2004.
“This sad news from Gabon confirms that without a global commitment, great elephant populations will soon become a thing of the past,” said WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper. “We believe that elephants can still be saved – but only if nations greatly increase their efforts to stop poaching while eliminating the illegal ivory trade through better enforcement and reduced demand.”
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