African elephants (Loxodonta africana) are the largest living terrestrial animals in the world, located in dense forests, miombo woodlands and deserts across Eastern, Western and Southern Africa.
This animal has been historically poached for the ivory trade, decimating numbers that once swelled to over a million to a few thousands by the late 20th century. Conservation programmes, coupled with stringent regulation on illegal poaching and black market trade of ivory have managed to give these majestic animals a fighting chance for survival. However, a surprising new threat is placing elephants at risk, this time a direct result of these conservation efforts.
WARNING! The following video contains some graphic images of dead/dying elephants
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