The ex­pert view

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Viewpoint -

“Ele­phants are the largest land mam­mals and are vi­tal to the sur­vival of ecosys­tems. They re­quire vast ar­eas of land to live, which means they are in­creas­ingly com­pet­ing for re­sources with hu­mans. Along with the thirst for ivory, this is driv­ing the species to ex­tinc­tion. Halt­ing the ivory trade and em­pow­er­ing ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties to co­ex­ist with wildlife will se­cure a brighter fu­ture.”

Dr Kate Evans is founder and di­rec­tor of Ele­phants for Africa

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