Elephant poaching levels remain alarmingly high

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Tusk-bearing adult elephant roaming peacefully in the Mikumi National Park in Tanzania. Credit: UN Photo

The survival of African elephants continues to be under threat from poaching, says a new report on elephant conservation, illegal killing and the ivory trade, released on Friday by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Poverty, difficulties in enforcing the law and the continuing demand for illegal ivory are three key factors linked to high levels of poaching.

The Secretary-General of CITES says that while there is strong political support for clamping down on poaching and the ivory trade, more needs to be done on the front line.

Nicki Chadwick reports.

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