I follow conservation efforts in Africa and the news just seems to be getting worse all the time.
From African Geographic, March 2013
Gabon, West Africa
HUGE ELEPHANT LOSSES
New research carried out by the Gabonese national parks agency ANPN, WWF and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has revealed that poachers have killed about 11 000 forest elephants in Minkébé National Park since 2004. According to Dr Fiona Maisels of WCS, data collected in the park nine years ago were compared to results of the latest survey, conducted in October 2012. Authorities believe that between 50 and 100 elephants were being killed per day in 2011, with much of the poaching being carried out by gangs from neighboring Cameroon.
Also bad news from that area.
From January 1, 2013 to February 13, 2013 96 White Rhinos were killed for their horns.
This needless killing must stop!