One of the largest animals in the world, African elephants play a pivotal role in shaping their habitat; their presence helps to maintain suitable habitats for myriad other species.
Today, African elephants are being slaughtered to meet a growing demand for illegal ivory, particularly from Asia, which has led to a surge in poaching. Tens of thousands of elephants are killed each year by wildlife criminals for their ivory. In fact, 2011 saw the highest volume of illegal ivory seized since global records began in 1989.
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