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BUTCHERING NATURE’S TITANS: Without the elephant, we lose an essential pillar in the ability to wonder

Africa’s elephant poaching crisis doesn’t just threaten a species, but imperils one of humanity’s most important links to the natural world and even our collective sanity.

Jeremy Hance of MongoBay interviews Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson.

Since the late 2000s, poaching of Africa’s elephants for their ivory has hit levels not seen for decades. Experts now warn that some 30,000 elephants are being butchered every year for their ivory, much of which is smuggled abroad to East Asia. The crisis, which has coincided with skyrocketing poaching of rhinos as well, has not only decimated populations of the world’s largest terrestrial animal, but has also changed elephant behavior, according to the filmmakers.


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