World Elephant Day: As Poachers Move North, Kenya Should Expect an Onslaught
The one-off sale of ivory from southern African nations to China and Japan in 2009 has caused an explosion of demand for ivory, skyrocketing prices, and a slaughter of elephants across the continent.
The best estimate of the rate of killing is based on the number of tusks seized and reported in the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS), and the proportion of elephants killed in the Monitoring of Illegal Killing of Elephants(MIKE).
Experts put the loss at 100 elephants per day or more, an unprecedented massacre that has been sustained for three years now. At this rate, elephants will be gone from the wild within the next 15 or so years.