Elephant killings in Mozambique happening on ‘industrialised’ scale

Elephant poaching is happening on an unprecedented and “industrialised” scale in Mozambique, environmentalists have warned, after 22 of the animals were killed for their tusks in the first two weeks of September.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said organised crime syndicates are slaughtering between 1,500 and 1,800 elephants a year in the southern African country, feeding demand for ivory in the far east. There are fears that Mozambique’s elephant herds could be extinct within a decade.

The Guardian

Last updated on 24 September 2014

Type: 
Media Watch
Country: 
Mozambique
Region: 
Africa
Threats: 
Illegal trade
Species: 
Loxodonta africana
Species group: 
Terrestrial mammals