African forest elephants are being poached out of existence. A study just published in the online journal PLOS ONE shows that across their range in central Africa, a staggering 62 percent of all forest elephants have been killed for their ivory over the past decade.
"The analysis confirms what conservationists have feared: the rapid trend towards extinction -- potentially within the next decade -- of the forest elephant,"...
They play a vital role in maintaining the biodiversity of one of Earth's critical carbon sequestering tropical forests.
Prof. Lee White CBE, head of Gabon's National Parks Service says: "A rain forest without elephants is a barren place. They bring it to life, they create the trails and keep open the forest clearings other animals use; they disperse the seeds of many of the rainforest trees -- elephants are forest gardeners at a vast scale. [emphasis mine]
Elephants and bees rapid slide toward extinction are screaming an alert, we're killing off species which are critical to our own survival. This should be front page news, not buried in a science or nature section.
I'm glad you posted this. From the documentaries that I have seen there is a lot of evidence that elephants love. I, therefore, consider the killing of them only for their ivory among the most disgraceful of human behavior. I hope awareness can be raised about this before it is too late.
I agree with what John said. Also, I've heard of bees being in decline. Hopefully something can be done.