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Tom Svensson

Jul28

Elephants: one is killed every 15 minutes!

By Tom Svensson, Monday July 28, 2014
Sunset in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe.

Sunset in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe. © Tom Svensson

Out of the really big mammals the elephant is the most poached. At the moment between 30,000 and 35,000 elephants get killed every year. That is about one every 15 minutes, every day, all year around - scary! And all for the ivory.

If we can get all countries to ban the ivory trade we might be able to stop this. So, if the USA and China also stop it in their own countries it will cut down the demand significantly. You can help by putting pressure on the politicians in your country and NEVER ever buy ivory or parts from any animal. But, most importantly - spread the [conservation] word!

A young elephant shakes its head, possibly facing a future threat of being poached.

A young elephant shakes its head, possibly facing a
future threat of being poached. © Tom Svensson

Out of the six bulls that could stand on their back legs only one remains; no one knows where the other five have gone.  Have they been poached?

Out of the six bulls that could stand on their back legs only one remains; no one knows where the other five have gone.
Have they been poached? © Tom Svensson