Worried about the likely extinction of elephants and rhinos? There is hopeful news re: America’s role in anti-poaching efforts….
A baby African Savannah Elephant trumpets his excitement. Source: Michelle Gadd, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (public domain).
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell spearheaded an African hunt of a different kind in January – a hunt for supporters to save the world’s most magnificent animals before they are lost from the earth forever. Jewell, who co-chairs President Barack Obama’s Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking, led the American delegation during the Obama Administration’s three-country visit to Africa, and met with senior government officials, conservationists, and officials from key non-governmental organizations “to discuss ways the United States and [Gabon, Kenya and South Africa] can work together to combat the world’s growing illegal trade in wildlife that is driving several species toward extinction.”
The population of black rhinos alone has declined by 98 percent since 1960, and roughly 770,000 African elephants have been lost to poaching, culling, capture, and other forms…
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