Elephants in India: as few as 1,200 breeding males left alive

  • By ELI
  • January 27, 2014

As demand for ivory soars, poaching continues to be an increasing problem for the Asian elephant.

The rotting body of a magnificent male elephant was recently discovered in Odisha, India. He had been killed by poachers; his face hacked off to remove his tusks. News about poaching is everywhere, but what’s different about this picture is that the elephant is Asian. Not African. This tusker had been living in India where there are as few as 1,200 breeding males left alive. 

Unlike their African cousins, only male Asian elephants have tusks. Most of the large bull elephants in Asia were already killed in the last ivory crisis of the 70s and 80s. By taking out the males like this, entire herds cannot reproduce, which spells disaster for the whole population.

More at our partner Elephant Family: http://www.elephantfamily.org/what-we-do/campaigns/poaching/

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