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Elephant poaching in Africa down, but still far too high: CITES

General August 2, 2016

A bird flies over a family of elephants walking in the Amboseli National Park, southeast of Kenya's capital NairobiBy Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) – The illegal killing of African elephants for their ivory seems to have fallen from record peaks but poaching of the animal is still far too high, an international report said on Thursday. "There are elements of good news, but we are nowhere near the success we need to turn the trends around," John Scanlon, secretary-general of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), told Reuters of CITES findings. About 60 percent of the elephants found dead in the wild in 2015 had been killed by poachers for their ivory rather than having died of natural causes, down from almost 80 percent at a peak in 2011, it said.


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