The country’s name evokes a time when elephants were plentiful, but today they are found in isolated and precarious populations. Conservation efforts were hampered by the prolonged period of political insecurity and conflict that began with the military coup at the end of 1999. Today, Côte d’Ivoire may have only a few hundred surviving elephants. The government signalled its determination to protect them by joining the EPI in 2017.
DECLARATION AGAINST INTERNATIONAL IVORY TRADE
DOMESTIC TRADE CLOSED
INVENTORY IN THE LAST 2 YEARS
OF THE MONTH
Our EPI friend of the month is Salimata Kone, who is one of Côte d’Ivoire’s senior conservationists, as Director of Wildlife in the Ministry of Water and Forests.