Good news: there are more forest elephants in Gabon than previously believed – first countrywide elephant population estimate in 30 years
Species: Forest elephant
Forest elephant numbers are believed to have plummeted 86% in just 31 years yet their role in maintaining forest ecosystems is critical.
Forest elephants have finally been granted species status (something scientists have known for decades). With this has come the appalling IUCN classification of ‘critically endangered’
Forest elephants are losing body condition – most probably due to climate impacts on forest tree fruit production – say researchers
Africa’s forest elephant populations are smaller than was previously thought, say researchers. This realisation has a significant impact on future priorities and conservation strategies.
Did you know that there are three species of elephants? We take a look at the differences between the African, Asian and forest elephant.
Africa’s tuskers deserve special mention – these huge elephants are facing the combined pressures of poaching and trophy hunting