Although challenges abound, WCS is committed to saving Africa’s lesser-known elephant. This week, WCS conservationists are in Thailand for a meeting of CITES—the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora—where they’ll share the study’s devastating news and push for solutions.
We ask the international community to rally behind a species that is both an icon of Africa’s forests, and key to their health: By dispersing seeds and clearing trails, elephants serve as gardeners of the forest and are inextricably linked to maintaining biodiversity. Saving them will require effective, rapid, and multi-level action. A drastic increase of funding and an immediate focus on effective protection strategies are essential to avoiding additional losses.
As WCS’s Fiona Maisels, one of the study’s lead authors, explains, “Saving the species requires a coordinated global effort in the countries where elephants occur – all along the ivory smuggling routes, and at the final destination in the Far East. We don’t have much time before elephants are gone.”
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