Saturday, October 17, 2020

Economist: Ivory Coast was named after the product of its abundant elephants. But data published in PLoS ONE , a journal, show how much has changed since colonial days. Researchers drew on dung counts, interviews with local experts and media reports to take the first census of Ivorian elephants in a decade. The situation is dire. They estimate that there are just 225 forest elephants left in the country, a fall of 86% since 1994. Worse, they could only confirm the presence of elephants in four of 25 protected areas.

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