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Tanzania Has Lost 60 Percent of Elephants to the Poaching Crisis

45 tons of ivory, Africa, African elephant, International black market, News, Poached ivory, Poaching Crisis, World -

Tanzania Has Lost 60 Percent of Elephants to the Poaching Crisis

tanzania elephantsTanzania has emerged as an epicenter in the African elephant poaching crisis, after a government census found it had lost 60 percent of its elephants in just five years.

A Tanzanian government report released Monday estimated that 65,721 elephants have died in the country in the last five years. The report showed the number of Tanzanian elephants plummeted from an estimated 109,051 in 2009 to 43,330 in 2014.

“It is incredible that poaching on such an industrial scale has not been identified and addressed before now,” said Steven Broad, head of the conservation group TRAFFIC.

He called the numbers “catastrophic” and accused Tanzania of “hemorrhaging ivory.”

According to TRAFFIC, 45 tons of ivory have reached the international black market from Tanzania since 2009, making it Africa’s largest source of poached ivory.

Read more at voanews.com


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