Elephant poaching in Africa falls but ivory seizures up
Tuesday October 24 2017
Fresh carcass of an elephant killed for its ivory at the Mugie Ranch in Laikipia, northern Kenya, on February 3, 2017. PHOTO FILE | NATION
In its latest report, CITES notes that despite the overall fall in poaching, Africa's elephant population has continued to drop "due to continued illegal killing, land transformation and rapid human expansion."
Continent-wide, Botswana has the most number of elephants, while populations in Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda are holding steady or climbing.
Illegal elephant killings however remain high in Central Africa, home to chronically restive countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic, where weak conservation efforts have failed to stem poaching.