By Suzanne York. On this World Elephant Day, it’s well known to many people that elephants are on the path to extinction in the wild, if something isn’t done soon to change this narrative.
Last year, the Great Elephant Census, based on aerial surveys, concluded there are just over 350,000 elephants in Africa. It is estimated there were several million of these majestic mammals at the turn of the 20th century. Some 27,000 are killed every year.
The threats to wild elephants are many, and almost completely driven by human needs and wants. If there are to be elephants and other wild animals in the future, different efforts to protect them will have to be undertaken. Voluntary family planning, especially when implemented through the PHE approach, can help people thrive, which in turn helps the elephants that live near and around them, too.