Elephants Killed in Gabon

The Government of Gabon reported in February 2013 that poachers in the country killed 11,000 elephants between 2004 to 2012.

The elephants are killed for their ivory, which is traded globally on the black market. In 2011, wildlife protection officers seized an estimated 44 tons of illegal ivory worldwide.

Source:  Shannon Van Sant, “Operation Succeeds at Cracking Down on Illegal Wildlife Trade,” Voice of America, February 18, 2013.