Number of Elephants Poached in the DRC

in Environmental Threats

Between 2010 and 2013, around 1,000 elephants were killed by poachers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  The elephants are killed for their ivory which is sold on the black market in Asia.

As of 2013, there are an estimated 7,000 elephants remaining in the wild in the DRC, compared to 100,000 that were roaming the wild in the 1980s.

(See the price of wildlife on the illegal markets.)

Source:  Taylor Toeka Kakala, “Congo-Kinshasa: Soldiers Trade in Illegal Ivory,” AllAfrica, July 25, 2013.

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