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2019-05-28. Elephant poaching falls dramatically in Africa.

posted Jun 3, 2019, 4:58 AM by Alan Gould   [ updated Jun 3, 2019, 4:59 AM ]
By Erik Stokstad, Science Magazine. [https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/05/elephant-poaching-falls-dramatically-africa] For GSS Losiong Biodiversity chapter 8. Excerpt: Elephant poaching in Africa has dropped significantly from a peak in 2011, according to a new analysis of annual surveillance data. The progress seems to have resulted in large part from declining demand for ivory in China, which has banned the trade, and government action in some African countries. But even with the “vast improvements,” the problem isn’t solved yet, says ecologist George Wittemyer of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, who was not involved in the study. “The pressure is still high, and the species is under threat.” The illegal killing of elephants in sub-Saharan Africa began to rise in 2005. Many scientists suspected the rise was due to growing demand for ivory in China, where carved ivory has long been treasured and a growing middle class was flush with cash. ...It’s not clear whether elephant populations can survive in the long run with the current, lower level of poaching. ...“We’re not out of the risk zone yet.”...