Due to several factors, including human activity, many species of animals are on the verge of extinction. Some of the species that might go extinct in a few years include polar bears and elephants. The elephant population in Gabon is declining rapidly.
In Central Africa, poaching is the reason for which the elephant population has experienced a decline of 80%. In just 10 years, more than 25,000 elephants from Gabon have been killed. A new report shows that the animals have been killed between 2004 and 2014.
Poaching is diminishing the population of African elephants very quickly. Unless some action is taken, the elephant population in Africa is going to be extinct in a few years. Gabon is considered to be one of the most important reserves for elephants in Central Africa. Half of the Central African elephants live there.
The problem is that the elephants are not totally protected in this reserve. One of the researchers who completed this report mentioned that their findings suggest that more than 25,000 elephants have been killed for their ivory, in Gabon, between 2004 and 2014. Considering that there were 100,000 elephants in Central Africa before the report was completed, this means that 25% of all elephants have been killed.
The researchers observed that the most affected parts of the natural park were the northern and central areas. These parts of the park are near the border with Cameroon. The poachers who killed these animals are believed to have come from Cameroon to hunt the animals for their ivory.
The researchers showed that the south part of the park, which is at a distance of 57 Km from the nearest Gabonese road, has more elephants than other parts of the park. For instance, in the northern and central parts, there are only a few animals left. These parts are very close to the Cameroon national road.
Until now, the researchers believed that elephants were flourishing in these parks in Africa. This report has managed to prove exactly the opposite by showing the elephant population has declined a lot in the last 10 years. The researchers that completed this report mentioned that this subspecies of the African elephant might go extinct in a few years if the situation stays the same.
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