Africa’s forest elephants could take 100 years to recover from poaching

Forest elephants have seen a 65 percent population decline between 2002 and 2013 and now, because of low reproductive rates, it could take the species nearly a century for its population to recover from the effects of increased poaching over the past few decades, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of Applied Ecology.

The research was a combined effort between Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Elephant Listening Project, Colorado State University, and Save the Elephants.

Despite the grim outlook, however, conservation organizations and governments alike are working on ways to effectively ban poaching and curb the global ivory trade to protect this beloved animal. READ MORE.