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  • Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  • Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  • Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
  • Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs, Colorado USA
  • Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  • Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  • Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  • Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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African Elephant

Loxodonta africana

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Vulnerable

Although elephant populations may at present be declining in parts of their range, major populations in Eastern and Southern Africa, accounting for over two thirds of all known elephants on the continent, have been surveyed, and are currently increasing at an average annual rate of 4.0% per annum (Blanc et al. 2005, 2007). As a result, more than 15,000 elephants are estimated to have been recruited into the population in 2006 and, if current rates of increase continue, the number of elephants born in these populations between 2005 and 2010 will be larger than the currently estimated total number of ... Read More

Poaching for ivory and meat has traditionally been the major cause of the species' decline. Although illegal hunting remains a significant factor in some areas, particularly in Central Africa, currently the most important perceived threat is the loss and fragmentation of habitat caused by ongoing human population expansion and rapid land conversion. A specific manifestation of this trend is the reported increase in human-elephant conflict, which further aggravates the threat to elephant populations. Read More

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Blanc, J. 2008. Loxodonta africana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T12392A3339343. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T12392A3339343.en