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Percentage of illegally killed elephants per sub-region

Percentage of illegally killed elephants per sub-region

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Uploaded 11 Mar 2013 by GRID-Arendal
Year: 2013 Author: Riccardo Pravettoni, GRID-Arendal
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Central Africa has shown worrying poaching trends for some time, and has consistently displayed the highest levels of poaching in any sub-region since MIKE monitoring began. In 2006, PIKE levels were at 0.5, meaning that about half the elephant carcasses encountered on patrol in MIKE sites were reported as illegally killed. In 2011, however, PIKE levels had risen to 0.9. This extremely high PIKE level exceeds any of poaching data is becoming apparent, and poaching levels are sufficiently high to warrant concern. The small and fragmented elephant populations in West Africa are particularly vulnerable to increases in poaching, which can severely distort sex ratios and lead to local extinctions. Historically, elephant populations of less than 200 are known to die out within a matter of a few decades (Bouché et al. 2011). This has happened in several elephant populations in West Africa, but a recent example is Comoé National Park in Côte d’Ivoire, where poaching associated with the co ...
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