The Southern African nation of Botswana has long been considered one of the last bastions of safety for the imperiled African elephant. Its parks were regarded as top-notch, and their anti-poaching armed guards did a comparatively good job of protecting their nation’s pachyderms.
According to Elephants Without Borders, a similar census showed that in 2014 only 14 elephants had been poached in an equitable amount of time. The deaths this year, show a 540% increase over the span of just four years.
At that rate, Africa’s elephant haven could quickly turn into hell. Something must be done.