Today is World Elephant Day. There are serious problems that elephants face as a species. It also means that we can indulge in watching videos on cute elephants online.
Unfortunately the news relating to elephants is not good. Their numbers have fallen by 62% in just 10 years. Worse still it is estimated that 100 African elephants are killed by poachers each and every day. This information is provided by the World Elephants Day site.
But it is not just African elephants that are in trouble. Asian elephants are also struggling too. There are now less than 40000 Asian elephants anywhere in the world. To put this in perspective, this represents only around 10% of the African elephant population.
It is not all bad news however. There is still hope according to National Geographic. The average number assigned as the Proportion of Illegally Killed Elephants (PIKE) fell below 5% in 2016. It has not done this since 2009. Below 5% means that the elephant population may well recover.
More good news. Prices of raw ivory in China has fallen by over 50% in the last couple of years. This fall could lead to a fall in demand for elephant poaching. This is according to Save the Elephants (STE).
World Elephant Day celebrates elephants and reminds everyone to support policies that help to conserve elephant populations. These policies include the prevention of illegal poaching, the suppression of the ivory trade, habitat conservation and help breeding captive elephants.