The Republic of Benin has joined the Elephant Protection Initiative, becoming the 21st member country, with one of the largest remaining elephant populations in West Africa.
THE ELEPHANT CRISIS
Africa’s elephants are disappearing. Some 20,000 are killed each year- that’s 55 every single day- mostly for the illegal ivory trade. The overall number has declined by about one third over the last decade. Many elephants now live in small and isolated populations; if current trends continue, they will be wiped out in the next decade.
"We can save Africa's elephants, but only if we all do our part. We need to come together to support National Elephant Action Plans."