The International Union for Conservation of Nature reports that there are about 500,000 elephants living in Africa.
In 2012, poachers killed an estimated 22,000 elephants across Africa for the elephants ivory.
The black market trade in ivory rose to the highest level recorded in 16 years during 2011.
70 percent of the ivory that is taken from dead elephants are shipped to China.
Source: Michael Gunn, “Poaching May Wipe Out Fifth of Africa’s Elephants, Groups Say,” Bloomberg, December 2, 2013.