About the Elephant
The African elephant is the largest animal walking the Earth. They wander through 37 countries in Africa. You can recognized them by their trunk that is used for communication and handling objects. Also their large ears allow them to radiate excess heat. Upper incisor teeth develop into tusks in African elephants and grow throughout their lifetime.
Why do they Matter
The presence of African elephants helps to maintain suitable habitats for many other species. In central African forests, 30 percent of tree species may require elephants to help with dispersal and germination. They play a Vital role in shaping their habitat because of the enormous impact they play on factors ranging from fresh water to forest cover.
Threats To the African Elephant
Threats to Elephants. is one of the key threats facing elephants. Additional threats putting the future of these animals in jeopardy include the increasing conflict that elephants face with human populations taking over more and more of the elephants habitat, as well as ivory poaching.
Despite a ban on the international trade in ivory, African elephants are still being poached in large numbers. Tens of thousands of elephants are being killed every year for their ivory tusks. a single pound of ivory can sell for$1,500, and tusks can weigh 250 pounds.
How WFF is Helping
FIGHTING ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE
To reduce the illegal trade in elephant products, WWF supports antipoaching efforts within and around protected areas. We also work to establish new protected areas to provide safe havens for elephants. We work with TRAFFIC, the world’s largest wildlife trade monitoring network, to assess trends in the illegal trade in elephant products. This includes implementing the CITES Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS) which monitors and tracks elephant ivory seizures.
PROTECTING AND MANAGING HABITATS
To reduce the illegal killing of elephants through improved protection and management, WWF equips and trains law enforcement teams so they can conduct regular and effective antipoaching patrols. We help establish new protected areas within elephant ranges and improve management effectiveness within existing protected areas.
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