Want to save Africa's elephants? Close all ivory markets

The only way to save the long-suffering elephants of Africa is to close every ivory market on the planet and destroy all ivory stockpiles, according to a bold new essay in Conservation Biology. Written by Elizabeth Bennett, the Vice President for Species Conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the paper is likely to prove controversial. However it's clear that if poaching trends continue Africa's elephants may disappear from much of their range and the forest elephant—dubbed a distinct species by recent research—could even face extinction.

Last updated on 08 August 2014

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Loxodonta africana
Loxodonta cyclotis
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Terrestrial mammals