Ground-breaking initial success in protecting Mali’s elephants, but it must be sustained

Despite a surge in poaching combined with a deepening insurgency, Mali has deployed its first ever anti-poaching unit to protect the remarkable desert-adapted elephants. Although it is very early days, no poaching has occurred since. How did it happen and what does it take to sustain this success?

National Geographic

Last updated on 21 April 2017

Type: 
Media Watch
Country: 
Mali
Region: 
West Africa
Threats: 
Unsustainable hunting and trapping
Illegal trade
Species: 
Loxodonta africana
Loxodonta cyclotis
Species group: 
Terrestrial mammals