Today, there are just 415,000 elephants across Africa. While elephant poaching is trending downward, with significant declines in East Africa, poaching continues to steer the species dangerously nearer to extinction.
Why are African elephants dying?
Toxins made by microscopic algae in water caused the previously unexplained deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana, wildlife officials say. Botswana is home to a third of Africa’s declining elephant population. … Officials say a total of 330 elephants are now known to have died from ingesting cyanobacteria.
Why do elephants die when their tusks are removed?
Because those tusks have a lot of there natural calcium in them and when they cut them off the calcium that is left in the tusks dies then the elephant has no extra calcium and dies.