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Elephant poaching costs African economies $25 million per year in lost tourism revenue

Hundreds of African Continue to be slaughtered by poachers every year. A variety of wildlife and conservation groups are doing what they can to protect the iconic species, but they need the support of governments in Africa.

According to researchers from the World Wildlife Fund, University of Vermont and University of Cambridge, economic losses stemming from elephant poaching far exceed investments in conservation and anti-poaching programs.

In a continent-wide survey, scientists estimated Africa’s tourism industry loses $25 million annually as a result of elephant poaching. When poaching pressure on a park and its animal’s increases, tourism suffers.

“While there have always been strong moral and ethical reasons for conserving elephants, not everyone shares this viewpoint,” study author Robin Naidoo, lead wildlife scientist at WWF, said in a news release. “Our research now shows that investing in elephant conservation is actually smart economic policy for many African countries.”

The illegal ivory trade is fueled mostly by demand in China and Southeast Asia. Every year, poachers kill between 20,000 and 30,000 African elephants. A recent survey found elephant herds in Africa are shrinking at an alarming rate.

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