The African Elephant - UNEP/GEMS Environment Library No. 3

United Nations Environment Programme (1989)

The way in which the human species treats his fellow animals is often scandalous. The story that unfolds in these pages is one of the worst examples: over the past decade, elephant numbers in several African countries have been reduced by 90 percent or more. The immediate cause is undoubtedly reckless poaching on a grand scale; the underlying problem, which threatens the survival of the African elephant over the long term, is the relentless expansion of the human population.

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