African Elephants

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Did you know poachers are the biggest threat to African Elephants? They are being killed illegally for their ivory which is their tusks. Lots of poachers were armed with grenades and AK-47s, they killed more than 300 elephants at Bouba Ndjida National Park, Cameroon, in 2012. Poachers have killed 100,00 elephants in the last 3 years. The elephant population has declined by 64 percent in a decade and at this rate they will be extinct soon. Ivory is a very expensive material and is illegal to sell, but people are still selling ivory on the blackmarket for $1,500 a pound. Some elephants can have tusks up to 200 pounds and those are the elephants poachers target because they could make 300,000 dollars from one giant pair of elephants tusks.

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