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Forest Elephant Crisis in the Congo Basin

Between 1970 and 1989, half of Africa’s elephants (Loxodonta africana), perhaps 700,000 individuals, were killed, mostly to supply the international ivory trade. This catastrophic decline prompted the Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) to list African elephants on Appendix I of the convention, banning the international ivory trade.

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Forest Elephant Crisis in the Congo Basin

Between 1970 and 1989, half of Africa’s elephants (Loxodonta africana), perhaps 700,000 individuals, were killed, mostly to supply the international ivory trade. This catastrophic decline prompted the Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) to list African elephants on Appendix I of the convention, banning the international ivory trade.

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Forest Elephant Crisis in the Congo Basin

Between 1970 and 1989, half of Africa’s elephants (Loxodonta africana), perhaps 700,000 individuals, were killed, mostly to supply the international ivory trade. This catastrophic decline prompted the Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) to list African elephants on Appendix I of the convention, banning the international ivory trade.

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