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Tanzania denies elephants could disappear from reserve within six years

General June 1, 2016

A family of elephants walks after cooling themselves in a pond during a census at the Amboseli National Park southeast of Kenya's capital NairobiBy Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) – Tanzania on Wednesday rejected findings by conservationists who said elephants could disappear from a reserve there within six years due to "industrial scale" poaching, saying the WWF analysis was outdated. WWF said Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania’s largest protected area, was home to one of the greatest concentrations of African elephants on the continent, but rampant ivory poaching has seen the population reduced by 90 percent in less than 40 years. "Nearly 110,000 elephants once roamed the savannahs, wetlands and forests of Selous, but now only about 15,000 remain in the ecosystem," the conservation group said on Wednesday.

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