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Time running out for wild elephants say experts

The latest figures from the International Union for Conservation of Nature show that the African elephant population dropped from 550,000 in 2006 to 470,000 in 2013African elephants could be extinct in the wild within a few decades, experts warned at a major conservation summit in Botswana that highlighted an alarming decline in numbers due to poaching for ivory. The Africa Elephant Summit, held at a tourist resort in Kasane, gathered delegates from about 20 countries across Europe, Africa and Asia, including China — which is accused of fuelling the illegal poaching trade.

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