An estimated 100 African elephants are killed each day by poachers seeking ivory, meat and body parts. Bull elephants with big tusks are the main targets and their numbers have been diminished to less than half of the females. Female African elephants have tusks as well and are also killed, which has a terrible effect on the stability of elephant societies, leaving an increasing number of orphaned baby elephants who are often captured from the wild and sold into the tourism industry. With the largest brain of any land animal, they are smart, sentient, social, and empathetic. Less than 400,000 remain today and are thought to be extinct within the next decade unless we do something.
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