Emerging Threat to African Elephants
The African elephant, the largest land animal in the world, has been reduced to fragmented populations that now occupy only 24 African countries. The endangered African savanna elephant has experienced a continental population decline of more than 50% in the last 75 years, occupying only 15% of its historical range. The critically endangered African forest elephant declined by 62% between 2002 and 2011 in their central African habitat range. While poaching for ivory makes up one of the largest threats to the population worldwide, human-wildlife conflict and disease risks are also important threats to survival.
VIEW is bringing our proven wildlife health template to Rwanda. Working with local partners, we are developing a comprehensive wildlife health program to include best practice protocols, disease risk assessments, biosurveillance, and the implementation of a health database for Rwandan wildlife.