Congressional Member’s Report Card

Our Environment’s Reality?

Species Extinctions

ELEPHANTS – TOP 10 MOST ENDANGERED ANIMALS

  • A species is classified as endangered when its population has declined between 50 and 70 percent and as when its population is restricted to less than 250 mature individuals.
  • Elephants will be extinct in the wild in less than 10 years, unless we take action Now.
  • In 1900, an estimated 10 Million Elephants roamed freely in Africa. Today, there are fewer than 400,000 African Elephants in the wild.
  • In Africa, approximately 96 elephants are killed every day for their ivory – that’s one every 15 minutes.
  • An estimated 35,000 African elephants were killed every year from 2010 to 2013.
  • Due to human/elephant conflicts, Asian elephants are critically endangered with only 48,000 left in the wild.
  • The United States is the world’s second largest market for ivory; traded through auction houses, antique shops, shops in large cities, and online sales.
  • Massachusetts is the fourth largest ivory trade market in the United States.
  • Countries in Asia remain the biggest market for ivory where it is viewed as a status symbol.

AFRICAN ELEPHANT - POPULATION DISTRIBUTION

AFRICAN ELEPHANT - POPULATION DISTRIBUTION