Ivory poaching has reduced greatly in Africa, study

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A new study shows poaching of elephants is reducing.

According to a new study the mortality rate of elephants reduced to 4 percent in 2017 from 10 percent in 2011.

The study attributes the reduction in poaching to the lessened demand of Ivory.

Elephants in Tsavo National Park. Image: KWS

According to the study which appeared last month in the Journal Nature Communications, Chinese are the biggest drivers of Ivory poaching in Africa.

The reduced demand of Ivory by China is due to the Ivory trade ban that was implemented in the country in 2017.

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The study also said police corruption in Africa fuels the illegal trade.

The study suggests African countries should invest in law enforcement and also reduce poverty levels among its people.

“The people engage in poaching so as to earn a living. Therefore, until the people are living in better conditions, elephants will keep being targeted,” Severin Hauenstein one of the researchers told CNN.

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