Flora and Fauna | Science

'Extinction Looms' For Forest Elephants Due To Poaching

NPR | March 5, 2013 3:20 p.m.

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Christopher Joyce, Audie Cornish

Forest elephants in central Africa are being slaughtered in record numbers. The most comprehensive study ever, done over a decade, shows that poaching — mostly for the Asian market for ivory — has put the forest elephant on the brink of extinction. Poaching has overcome laws and treaties to protect the species. The U.S. government and wildlife groups are struggling to slow the killing. A meeting in March of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species will focus on solutions. Audie Cornish talks to Christopher Joyce.

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