Endangered species: Elephants

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Elephants are found in Africa and in Asia (mainly India). African Elephants are slightly larger and have much bigger ears.

Elephants in Africa are serious danger: nearly a million have been killed in the last 10 years,and only about 600,000 are left.

In Asia there are only about 50,000 elephants left in the wild. However Asian elephants are used for transporting timber so many are now born in captivity.

Elephants are killed by poachers for their tusks,which they sell as ivory. Elephants ivory is made into ornaments,piano keys,shopsticks and other objects.

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In 1989,governments of 79 countries agreed to ban all trade in invory,and this ban come into effect in 1990. Unfortunately as long as people buy ivory,poaching will continue and elephants will be in danger. 😦

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