Number of African elephants between 2006 and 2015 of 20 percent
The number of African elephants is between 2006 and 2015 by nearly 20 percent. The authoritative International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) counted yet but 415.000 elephants, compared to 500,000 a decade ago.
In some countries the decline is still much larger. Saw Tanzania, that are heavily dependent on revenue from safaris, the number of elephants with a 60 percent decline.
The decrease is according to the Swiss IUCN caused by poachers who hunt the animals for their ivory tusks.
The trade in ivory is currently a topic of debate. Some countries, like the sale of ivory to legalize, to the valuable stock of ivory they possess to realise.