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Uploaded on Wednesday 18 Jun 2014
by Jarle Mjaasund
Sub-Saharan Africa conflicts and the elephant range
Riccardo Pravettoni, GRID Arendal
Approximately 19,000 elephants are located within or very near conflict zones in countries with civil wars or significant unrest and armed non-state groups. Up to a maximum 15% of elephant populations are killed annually in or very near conflict zones (ca. 2,850 elephants). An estimated 100,000 elephants are located within a 500 km striking range of such areas of which approximately 5,000 elephants are killed. Within and near conflict zones non-state armed groups are responsible for killing about 90% of the elephants killed. Depending on the non-state armed groups range of illegal hunting of elephants the illegal trade in ivory provides these groups with approximately USD 3.9-12.3 million.