Friday, 1 May 2015

Are we exterminating one African elephant by not recognizing two?


Date:April 30, 2015

Source:Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Summary:Within the past week, Thailand officials seized seven tons of ivory, representing the slaughter of hundreds of African elephants for illegal trade. While recent reports say that poaching far exceeds population growth, some conservation groups contend that population growth in some regions compensates for poaching losses in others, despite the fact that each area is populated by a different species of African elephant.

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