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More bad elephant news: Savanna elephant numbers plummet

After news that forest elephant numbers are taking a nosedive, it has now surfaced that African savanna elephant populations have also plummeted by a third in just 7 years, NPR reports. In a study dubbed The Great Elephant Census, researchers counted the savanna elephant populations in 18 African countries. The resulting numbers were shocking: The elephant population had declined by 144,000 animals in a little less than a decade, according to a study published in PeerJ, which reduces their total numbers to just over 350,000. Illegal poachers, who sell the elephants’ ivory on the black market, majorly contribute to this decline.