New research discovers longer-term effects on elephants from poaching

NAIROBI, Kenya: September 14, 2021 Poaching has longer-term effects on elephant populations than originally thought, new research has found. A pair of studies, published recently by researchers at Colorado State University and Save the Elephants (STE) shows that orphaned juvenile elephants have less chance of survival in a herd - and that losing them has a significant impact on population growth or decline.

Conservation efforts have traditionally been informed by “macro-scale” research of populations, says George Wittemyer, a conservation biologist at Colorado State who was the lead author of one of the studies. “If you really want to get more targeted actions, you need to know who in the population is driving increases or decreases in the population.”

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