By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Africa's rare forest elephants which play a key role in replenishing the central African rainforests will need almost a century to recover from an onslaught by ivory poachers because of their slow birth rate, a study published on Wednesday said. The study by the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society is the first analysis of the demography of an elusive animal that is hard to track because of its remote wooded surrounds. "In the intervening time we are down significantly from that 100,000 – it could be as low as 70,000 now," Peter Wrege of Cornell University, one of the study's authors, told Reuters.
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