Monthly Archive: Apr, 2021

African elephant species now Endangered and Critically Endangered – IUCN Red List

By International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN Gland, Switzerland, 25 March 2021 (IUCN) – Following population declines over several decades due to poaching for ivory and loss of habitat, the African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) is now listed as Critically Endangered and the African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Before today’s update,...

Human footprint and protected areas shape elephant range across Africa

By Jake Wall, George Wittemyer, Brian Klinkenberg, Valerie LeMay, Stephen Blake, Samantha Strindberg, Michelle Henley, Fritz Vollrath, Fiona Maisels, Jelle Ferwerda and Iain Douglas-Hamilton – Current Biology •229 African elephants were tracked across forest, Sahel, savanna, and bushveld sites •Protected areas and the human footprint both constrain elephant range size •62% of the African continent is potential elephant habit, of...

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