The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources has warned of the threat of extinction of African elephants.
African elephants are on the brink of extinction, according to an update in the International Red Data Book.
We are talking about the African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) and the African bush elephant (Loxodonta africana): the African forest elephant has been moved to the list of critically endangered species, and the bush elephant has been placed on the endangered list.
According to the IUCN, these animals were previously “vulnerable”.
Changes had to be made to the hazard assessment against the backdrop of declining populations due to poaching of ivory. The habitats of this species of animals have also decreased.
If poachers do not stop their activities, then in the coming years, elephants will completely disappear. According to experts, there are only 415,000 elephants left in Africa.