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African forest elephants decline by 62% in 10 years

via BBC Nature

African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) are heading for extinction, possibly within the next decade.

Forest elephant numbers have decreased by 62% across Central Africa over the last 10 years, according to a study.

Results of the study, undertaken by researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), are published in the scientific journal PLoS One.

Findings also indicated that large areas where the elephants ranged just 10 years ago now have very few elephants remaining.

Conservationists suggest that almost one-third of the land where African forest elephants were living 10 years ago has become dangerous for animals, since poachers can access these areas using road networks meant for logging.

Read the full article here here.

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