Over Half of World’s Forest Elephants Killed in 10 Years

Research by wildlife protection organizations have estimated that 60 percent of the world’s forest elephant population was killed by poachers between 2002 to 2012.

Up to 25,000 elephants were being killed each year in Africa, with the Congo Rainforest in Central Africa being particularity bad in terms of poaching.

Source:  Jeremy Hance, “Prayers for dying elephants: Buddhists hold prayer ceremony for elephants decimated by poachers,” Mongabay.com, March 11, 2013.