Published: Aug 19th, 2014
By: Maria Vargas
Central Africa has lost 64% of its elephants in a decade. During 2011 alone, an Ivory Coast poacher killed one of every twelve African elephants killing 100,000 African Elephants in just three years. Many Ivory Coast Poachers carve the elephant tusks however National Wildlife Property Repository in Colorado confiscated many. In 2012 a mass killings of hundreds of elephants with weapons took place in Bouba Ndjidah National Park in Cameroon. Several Poachers have used poisoned arrows to kill elephants. The U.S got involve but the killings continue at a terrifying level. Specialists are not sure how many African elephants still exist and that arises many worries within the community. Elephants expand over many square miles which makes it time consuming and expensive to estimate their overall numbers. In 2002 a program developed called MIKE (Monitoring the illegal Killing of Elephants) which hoped to quantify the number of elephants killed by poachers. MIKE rangers find the dead elephant and determine what portion of the elephant was illegal killed. The program slowly lost monitoring locations and now monitors between 30 and 40% of the species.