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With only 000 left in the wild, the species is classified as endangered. And it is critical to conserve both African and Asian elephants since they play such a vital role in their ecosystems as well as contributing towards tourism and community incomes in many areas.
Culling families of elephants is the best short term, effective option we currently have to manage the overpopulation in South Africa. The African elephant population is currently around 415,000 with the majority being Loxodonta africana at a recorded number of 300,000.
Africa’s overall elephant population is declining due to poaching. But Botswana, home to almost a third of the continent’s elephants, has seen numbers grow to around 130,000. Botswana’s government said it was continuing studies into the occurrence of the deadly bacteria.
Toxins made by microscopic algae in water caused the previously unexplained deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana, wildlife officials say. Officials say a total of 330 elephants are now known to have died from ingesting cyanobacteria. Poaching has been ruled out as a cause of death.
Despite a ban on the international trade in ivory, African elephants are still being poached in large numbers. Tens of thousands of elephants are being killed every year for their ivory tusks. The ivory is often carved into ornaments and jewellery – China is the biggest consumer market for such products.
Poachers kill about 20,000 elephants every single year for their tusks, which are then traded illegally in the international market to eventually end up as ivory trinkets. This trade is mostly driven by demand for ivory in parts of Asia.
there would a larger death rate for the tiger and the lions, if there was no elephants to be in their food chain. If these elephants become extinct then we wouldn’t have any more tusks for us to get ivory. That we can use for decoration and fanciness.
This fact is one of the major reasons why poachers kill the elephants. The other reason is that full-grown elephants are extremely large and dangerous, especially when they feel threatened. The only way a tusk can be removed without killing the animal is if the animal sheds the tooth on its own.
When elephants lose a mate, they can die from a broken heart. They are the only animals that die as a result of heartbreak. Other elephants in their herd try to comfort them, try to will them back to life, but it’s too late. The brokenhearted elephant is determined to die.
Elephant tusks do not grow back, but rhino horns do. An elephant’s tusks are actually its teeth — its incisors, to be exact. But once removed, these tusks don’t grow back.
He’ll Beat You With His Trunk It’s also an incredibly strong muscle. Separate from the rest of the body the nose alone weighs 400 pounds, and when that hits you, you know it. An elephant’s trunk is stronger than any man you’d come up against.
Threatened by man, elephants and tigers fight back and may even consume people. In one part of the country, there have been reports of elephants going on a rampage, trampling homes and killing around 200 people in the past year. In one bizarre case, this typically plant-eating animal reportedly ate a human.
“When ants are well organised, they can kill an elephant”.
Diet. Elephants eat roots, grasses, fruit, and bark. An adult elephant can consume up to 300 pounds of food in a single day.