Ellyfump Monday

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The number of African elephants dropped by about 111,000 in the past decade as a result of poaching, a report released at the Johannesburg conference on the wildlife trade has found.

News of the worst drop in elephant numbers in 25 years came amid disagreement on the second day of the global meeting over the best way to improve the plight of the animals, which are targeted for their tusks.

Based on 275 estimates from across the continent, the report by the IUCN conservation group put Africa’s total elephant population at around 415,000, a decline of around 111,000 over the past decade.

It is the first time in 25 years that the IUCN’s African Elephant Status Report has reported a continental decline in numbers, with the group attributing the losses in large part to a sharp rise in poaching.

“The surge in poaching for ivory that began approximately a decade ago – the worst that Africa has experienced since the 1970s and 1980s – has been the main driver of the decline,” said IUCN.

IUCN chief Inger Andersen said the numbers showed “the truly alarming plight of the majestic elephant”.

@ THE GUARDIAN

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10 Responses to Ellyfump Monday

  1. Den says:

    Sad times for the World, too many precious creatures in peril from the greatest threat to their existence, humans, armed and dangerous to everything on Earth.

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  2. David B. Benson says:

    Took almost 12 minutes to reach the Hillside Cafe. 82 °F out.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      Thence from Dana Hall out past the community garden to the optometrist’s office for spectacle wash fluid refill. Back home via a slightly longer version of yesterday’s route; daily total is 91 minutes in the heat. A tidings of magpies was all to be seen other than grasshoppers.

      Day 2: 97+91=188 minutes.

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    Hard to believe that a WSU student could afford a Maserati Gran Turisimo. Maybe it belongs to a football coach.

    Did see a student driving the corresponding Subaru today.

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  4. Den says:

    Daddy’s spare car? Did not want Junior driving the Ferrari?

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  5. jimhitchcock says:

    Animal Planet review of the debate:

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  6. Den says:

    Yup, one for the History Books, stunning in it’s devotion to the art of deception.

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  7. º¿carol says:

    The debate was GREAT! Trump once again proved he can’t control himself. He tried to at the very beginning, but lost it. Then he pulled a Rubio, hope someone counted how many times he reached for his glass of water. He looked like a nervous wreck.

    Hillary did a most excellent job, I just loved watching her. How anyone could still vote for the moron is beyond me.

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