The Africa-wide Great Elephant Census of 2016 produced shocking fi ndings: a decimated
elephant population whose numbers were continuing to plummet. Elephants are killed,
on average, every 15–20 minutes – a situation that will see the fi nal demise of these
intelligent, extraordinary animals in less than three decades. They are a species in crisis.
This magnifi cent book offers chapters written by the most prominent people in the
realm of conservation and wildlife, among them researchers, conservationists, film
makers, criminologists, TV personalities and journalists. Photographs have been
selected from among Africa’s best wildlife photographers, and the Foreword is provided
by Prince William.
It is hoped this book will create awareness of the devastating loss of elephant lives in
Africa and stem the tide of poaching and hunting; that it will inspire the delegates to
CITES to make informed decisions to ensure that all loopholes in the ivory trade are
closed; and that countries receiving and using ivory (both legal and poached) –
primarily China, Vietnam, Laos and Japan – ban and strenuously police its trade and use
within their borders, actively pursuing and arresting syndicate leaders driving the cruel
This book is also a tribute to the many people who work for the welfare of elephants,
particularly those who risk their lives for wildlife each day, often for little or no pay – in
particular the fi eld rangers and the anti-poaching teams; and to the many communities
around Africa that have elected to work with elephants and not against them.
The Last Elephants – is the title prophetic? We hope not, but the signs are worrying.
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