PROTECTORS OF THE FOREST
PARK RANGERS FIGHT TO SAVE THE LAST WILD HERDS OF FOREST ELEPHANTS
The poaching of forest elephants for their prized ivory is the primary reason for the species rapid slide toward extinction. Researchers estimate between thirty and forty thousand elephants are killed every year. Between 2002 and 2011, the population of forest elephants declined by sixty-two percent. The precipitating reason for the decline is that forest elephants are one of the slowest reproducing mammals on Earth. Even if all poaching ceased immediately, researchers calculate that it would take 90 years for forest elephant populations to return to pre-2002 levels.