Tanzania’s elephant population drops 62%

An African bush elephant and calf in Tanzania.

An African bush elephant and calf in Tanzania. Image by Harvey Barrison / CC BY-SA 2.0

A government census in Tanzania has revealed a ‘catastrophic’ drop in its elephant population, seeing it plummet from over 114,000 to just 43,000 in just five years. When the annual birth rate of the species is taken into account, the number of elephant deaths stands at over 85,000. The government, who has been heavily criticised for its inability to halt the poaching crisis, said the situation was ‘unimpressive’. Read more: theguardian.com

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