Elephants could vanish in the next ten years, impacting on entire ecosystems

In 2011, more African elephants were killed than in any other year in history. Explore our interactive graphic to learn more.

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Elephant massacres have a devastating ripple effect on local communities. Poaching is often commissioned through an elaborate criminal network, with little accountability at the very top.  Money from ivory sales trickles into the hands of terrorist militias such as the Lord's Resistance Army who use it to enforce mayhem in various parts of Africa.

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You'll  see how quickly elephants have disappeared in the last 15 years. Judging by the increasing number of ivory seizures in the last year, these numbers are underestimates. At this rate, elephants could vanish in just 10 years. Without elephants, entire ecosystems dependant on elephants will also be lost.

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