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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Elephant Poaching in Kenya In 2016 a startling number of elephants have already been poached. National Geographic lists that an estimated 100,000 elephants have been killed illegally. In Central Africa alone the population has declined by 64%. The price of their ivory has gone up, especially in Asia and Japan. In 2012, people used automatic weapons to kill elephants. Poisoned arrows are being used to kill iconic elephants. In the article "100,000 Elephants Killed by Poachers in Just Three Years, Landmark Analysis Finds" the author notes, "In February, a poison-tipped arrow killed Torn Ear, a well-known Kenyan elephant." Through out all of Africa, a total estimate of between 472,000 and 690,000 elephants have been killed. If there wasn't any poaching, researchers say only about 3% of the population would naturally die. If elephants were extinct many other species would fall with them. A common nickname for elephants is megagardeners because they seemingly tend to the vegetation. The small chunk of land owned by KAZA used to hold as many as 250,000 elephants, but is currently experiencing the worst of the poaching storm. According to National Geographic, "Elephants Wiped Out on Alarming Scale in Southern Africa," the author says, "In Sioma Ngwezi Park, the team recorded 48 live elephants and 280 carcasses." Illegal logging is also playing a part on the elephants' deaths. The law officials, however, are catching more poachers than before. The U.S. is helping in conserving the elephants too by sending small troops to protect the elephants. President of Nairobt, Kenya, burned illegally killed elephant tusks and rhino horns to send a message that they are useless unless they're on the animal alive. In total, 105 tons were burned. That's only five percent of what the government still has locked away. In some places the people want to use the ivory for better, more resourceful uses. Kenya on the other hand wants to convey that the ivory can't be used so as to slow the poaching. Time Tear claims, "The burning of it makes it absolutely clear that it's not getting into the illegal market." The ivory was all from 6,500 elephants killed by poachers. Exports in Kenya include tea, horticultural products, coffee, petroleum products, fish, and cement. Some imports are machinery, transportation equipment, petroleum motor vehicles, iron, steel, resins, and plastics. The agricultural products are tea, coffee, corn, wheat, sugarcane, fruits, vegetables, dairy, beef, fish, pork, poultry, and eggs. A product that is highly demanded is wood. The author of AllAfrica states, "According to PricewaterhouseCoope rs(PWC) Partner Kuria Muchiru, rise in generation of power should match with demand and eradicate any possibility of over-power supply."
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