By Tim Ecott
New estimates say there may be as few as 400,000 elephants left in the wild in Africa - that's down from over a million thirty years ago. VoR's Tim Ecott asked Charlie Mayhew, the CEO of 'Tusk' – a charity working to promote conservation worldwide, how serious the situation actually is.
They are being slaughtered for the burgeoning market in ivory souvenires and carvings by the growing middle classes in the Far East, especially in China and Vietnam.
Conservations say that around 100 elephants die each day in Africa - a rate that could see the species virtually extinct in less thatn twenty years. Video.