In the late 1970s, Ian Douglas-Hamilton, a great renowned Kenyan elephant conservationist, counted the number of elephants in Africa. He found that there were about 1.3million. He recounted again in the 90s and found that elephants had halved in number to 600k.
Where are we at now? 400k.
The Great Elephant Census, which is currently being assessed as we speak, so far reconfirms the same bleak trajectory. While results so far show that elephants are slightly growing in number in South Africa and Zambia, and flatlining in Botswana- which could have something to do with the EU & other states thinking that these increases in numbers justify once-off sales in ivory- let’s look at the larger picture.
Tanzania: half of their elephants gone in 6 years
Mozambique: half, in 3 years
Total population of forest elephants, more than half gone in about decade
So, returning to the global numbers:
1970s: 1.3 mil