Elephants are among the few animals that have their emotional characteristics almost close to ours. They have a beautiful spirit that emanates from them, and they live in strong family units. Their beauty fascinates millions all over the world. They are known to be intelligent and social animals. However, their numbers are decreasing as the day passes. Africa’s elephants are in danger of becoming extinct due to increased poaching. Thousands of animals are killed on an annual basis, and the rate that they are decreasing is alarming, and according to a study conducted recently, African elephants could become extinct within 15 years if proper measures are not taken.
The reactions about the decreasing rate of the elephants were newly sparked by the death of Satao II, Africa’s oldest and largest elephant, in March. The elephant derived its name after another gigantic elephant that was killed in March 2014. The two were among the few elephants that had the largest tusks and were referred to as ‘big tuskers.’ The newfound attention on elephants has been centered on the illegal ivory trade. Even after banning international ivory trade in 1989, it is carried out in the deepest parts of Africa. It has been noted that China has been the largest market for ivory as the price of 1 kilogram of ivory may reach up to $1,100.
However, plans are underway to control poaching with the supports of more advocates than before. Governments in Africa are also taking significant steps to crack down poachers. Countries like Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya have arrested more poachers than ever before, and this is after the three countries seized more than 40,000 kilos of ivory. This is the very first time when more ivory was seized in Africa than Asia, thus calling for action to discontinue the trend. Female elephants are at a higher risk than males because they have large tusks.