#12. Has Poaching Decreased for Elephants?

Elephants are sought after for their ivory, which comes from their tusks. In most countries, it is illegal, but this has’t stopped people from killing them. 

Elephant poaching was at its highest ever within the past two decades. But some studies are reporting that poaching decreased. 

Ivory is sought after because it is a source material for carving. This is mammoth ivory I saw in the Guangzhou airport in China.
Ivory is sought after because it is a source material for carving. This is mammoth ivory I saw in the Guangzhou airport in China.

However, a new study contradicts this overall narrative; that poaching has decreased for elephants. Previous studies didn’t account for missing data and when you look at the geographic regions, it’s a lot more complicated. 

In this episode, I talk about what’s really going on with elephants and poaching. I studied forest elephants for my Ph.D., so this is a topic near and dear to my heart.

In this podcast, I’ll cover:

  • The 3 species of elephant and their different threats
  • Poaching in Africa
  • How species designations affect the conservation of African elephants
  •  Is poaching really decreasing?
  • Why do studies show conflicting results?
  • What you can do to help the conservation of elephants
Has poaching decreased for all elephants? Forest elephants are still vulnerable.
Has poaching decreased for all elephants? Forest elephants are still vulnerable.

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