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.
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 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
Resources and Sources Mentioned in Has Poaching Decreased?
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Stephanie Schuttler is a wildlife biologist with 17 years of experience in mammal ecology and conservation, education, and outreach. Read her inspirational story, “My Unexpected Journey Into Science” to find out how she went from the daughter of a jeweler to a Ph.D. in wildlife biology. Feel free to contact Stephanie here.