Africa’s forest elephant has been largely overlooked. Now we need to fight for it

This critically endangered ‘gardener’ of the forest has been ‘red listed’ independent of its famous savanna relative for the first time. It’s time to take its plight seriously.

Science and conservation politics have finally agreed that Africa is home to two elephant species: the savanna and forest elephant. The debate lasted about two decades, with the politics of elephant conservation and the ivory trade delaying the decision, but the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has finally concluded its evaluation.

Last updated on 26 March 2021

Type: 
Media Watch
Region: 
Africa
Threats: 
Poaching
Habitat loss and degradation
Species: 
Loxodonta africana
Species group: 
Terrestrial mammals