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The International Union for the Conservation of Nature revealed Thursday, March 25, that the African forest elephant was now a species “critically endangered”.
It is the largest land animal, and the emblem of the African continent. However, the forest elephant could also become the symbol of a nature devastated by man. On Thursday, March 25, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature warned: this animal species is now considered to be “critically endangered”.
According to the last census, only 415,000 of these elephants remained in 2016, against 1.5 million in the 1960s. The destruction of their natural habitat for the benefit of human activity and poaching are involved. African pachyderms are still hunted illegally for their ivory. “Some say they have ten years left before they disappear”, alert Rudi Van Aarde, professor at the University of Pretoria (South Africa). 26% of the planet’s mammals are threatened with extinction.