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#WorldElephantDay: Don't let them disappear!
In a recent update on rhino poaching stats for 2017 in July, the department of environmental affairs confirmed 30 elephants were poached in Kruger National Park alone.
"Elephant poaching increase in KNP is of great concern. In Africa it is decreasing but it is increasing in SA," says the DEA.
While the world's CITES foundation agrees globally poaching and illegal trade in ivory is decreasing - the reality remains that by 2030 Africa’s elephants could be extinct.
In 2016 it was estimated that only 350 000 existed, which includes both savanna elephants (Loxodonta africana) and forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) - with the species seeing a dramatic 97% decline in a century.
With wildlife being at the core of South Africa's natural heritage and a major attraction when it comes to international tourist visits to the country - more awareness needs to be raised beyond just the annual #WorldElephantDay commemoration.