Elephant poaching in Africa

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An elephant takes a dust-bath in Tsavo West National Park, located in southern Kenya. A slowdown in the increase of Kenya's elephant numbers is raising fears that hard-fought gains in saving the animals may be reversed.

Credit:

Tony Karumba

Africa's elephants are endangered by the illegal trade in ivory.

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    Thai customs officials inspect elephant tusks in Bangkok on April 1, 2011. The Thai Customs Department seized 247 tusks, worth more than $3.3 million, at Bangkok port upon the shipment's arrival from Kenya.

    Credit:

    Pairoj

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    There has been a sharp increase in elephant poaching in the communities adjacent to northern Kenya's Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, where this photo was shot.

    Credit:

    Roberto Schmidt

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    An elephant walks in the early morning hours in northern Kenya's Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Jonathan Moss, the conservancy's director, said the only real way to stem the poaching of elephant ivory and rhino horns is to target the demand.

    Credit:

    Roberto Schmidt

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    An elephant takes a dust-bath in Tsavo West National Park, located in southern Kenya. A slowdown in the increase of Kenya's elephant numbers is raising fears that hard-fought gains in saving the animals may be reversed.

    Credit:

    Tony Karumba

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    An elephant grazes in northern Kenya's Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Wildlife officials said elephant poaching has risen sevenfold in Kenya since a one-time ivory sale was approved for four African countries in 2007 by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

    Credit:

    Roberto Schmidt

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    An aerial census conducted in Kenya's largest elephant sanctuary earlier this year showed a drop in the population's growth rate from a previously recorded 4 percent to 2 percent. This photo shows an elephant in Tsavo West National Park in Kenya.

    Credit:

    Tony Karumba

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    A female elephant feeds her cub in northern Kenya's Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Poachers killed 249 Kenyan elephants in 2009, compared with 47 in 2007, according to the Kenya Wildlife Service.

    Credit:

    Roberto Schmidt

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    An elephant scratches against a tree in southern Kenya's Tsavo West National Park.

    Credit:

    Tony Karumba

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    An aerial picture taken on Avril 5, 2013 shows the main herd of elephants in Zakouma National Park.

    Credit:

    Jean Liou

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    Guards exercice during a parade on April 5, 2013 in Zakouma National Park, 800 kms east of N'Djamena in Chad. 90 percent of the elephants of the park have been poached in the last decade. Since 2011, the new direction of the park has taken the military way to protect them.

    Credit:

    Jean Liou

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    Rangers put a tracking collar on an elephant on Avril 3, 2013 in Zakouma National Park.

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    Jean Liou

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    Kenyan poacher turned gamekeeper Kuyaso Lokoloi (C), 25, patrols on February 5, 2013 with his peers through part of a conservancy in Laikipia, approximately 250 kms north of the capital Nairobi, in search of poachers.

    Credit:

    Tony Karumba

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    A man shouts during a protest ON January 22, 2012 in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi with the word's 'Blood Ivory' painted across his face.

    Credit:

    Tony Karumba