Sixty-two percent of elephants have disappeared from Central Africa between 2002-2011, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. Poachers are killing the animals for their tusks, which feed the lucrative ivory trade. In recent years poachers have found more efficient and lethal methods, from poisoning salt licks with cyanide to mowing elephants down with AK-47s and hacksaws. We talk with experts about the plight of the elephants, and about education efforts to curb the demand for illegal ivory.
From the Archives: Saving the Elephants
Bryan Christy, investigative reporter, National Geographic
Paula Kahumbu, executive director, the Kenya Land Conservation Trust and WildlifeDirect, and chairman of the Friends of Nairobi National Park
Dr. Sam Wasser, director of the Center for Conservation Biology, University of Washington
Iain Douglas-Hamilton, zoologist and founder, Save the Elephants