If you’ve seen one gangly giraffe, you might think you’ve seen them all, with their lanky legs, patched coats and famously long necks. New evidence released this month, however, points to the contrary. Africa seems to have four different species of the world’s tallest land mammal.
The world’s appetite for ivory has, for years now, been the driving force behind the catastrophic decline in Africa’s elephant population. A recently completed census revealed that Africa’s elephant numbers have declined by a full 30 percent over a period of just seven years.
Last week brought good news for elephants and other species threatened by illegal wildlife trafficking, as a collaborative effort between the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) national police, the Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF) and INTERPOL apprehended four members of an alleged ivory cartel.
Earlier this month the Great Elephant Census released its final, troubling results. The population survey revealed a 30 percent decline in Africa’s savanna elephant population between 2007 and 2014.
As storm clouds loom on the horizon, the global conservation community comes together in Hawaii for the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC). Our planet is at the crossroads. Where will we go from here? Is our chosen development path one that will lead to sustainability, prosperity and inclusive and green growth? Will we find ways to ensure communities are resilient and ecosystems restored?