Africa elephant census reveals dramatic decline

August 31, 2016 2:09 PM

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Africa elephant census reveals dramatic decline

The results of a three year aerial survey of Africa's elephants published Thursday revealed a dramatic 30 percent decline in savannah elephant populations, largely due to poaching.

"We completed a successful survey of massive scale, and what we learned is deeply disturbing," said Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist who spent $7 million (6.3 million euros) funding the census.

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