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Africa's First Aerial Elephant Census to Capture Falling Numbers

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Light aircraft to photograph virtually every elephant herd on the continent from February in a team of 46 scientists

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Ben O (173)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 4:42 am
Right, whatever it takes to save the African elephants. However, I've said it a hundred times, and I say it again: -What we need is a United Nations Wildlife Protection Force. And, we need it yesterday!
Thanks very much for not listening to me!

Ben O (173)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 4:45 am
African Elephant - Facts:
BTW; -I doubt that 500 petitions will save them...

Daniel Partlow (179)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 6:04 am
I'm afraid you're right Ben. But we must try and wake people up and do all we can. Thanks for the link!

Sandi C (98)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 6:23 am

Liz NO FWDS G (69)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 7:28 am
Noted and glad that this is being done to help save our beautiful elephants,they need all the help they can get because of the wicked ivory trade!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Cher.Liz Xx

Lisa N (206)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 8:27 am
Ditto to all the above comments, thanks Cher.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 10:23 am
Great--but this should have taken place eons ago. Thx Cher

pam w (139)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 10:28 am
We'll see if it gets the right attention. I hope so!

Yvonne F (181)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 10:54 am
It is unacceptable that this should be needed. If it was out of a scientific purpose, I wouldn't say anything, but that we need to do it in order to protect them from crimes, that's too much!
thanks Cher

Julie E (404)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 10:55 am
Kudo's to these scientists! Oh and thanks to the person funding this survey.

From article:
"Chase's preliminary findings suggest the outlook could be more bleak. In October this year, he flew over a park where in 2003 he counted 2,000 elephants. A decade later, he counted just 33 live elephants and 55 carcasses. "That is why this research is so important."

There is always HOPE.

. (0)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 2:54 pm
What an amazing project -thanks for the article.

Twyla Sparks (208)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 7:25 pm

Sherri G (128)
Friday December 6, 2013, 1:05 am
We need to do whatever and every thing we can to save these magnificent elephants. Noted TY Cher

Sara P (57)
Friday December 6, 2013, 10:58 am
Noted, thanks Cher.

Ruth C (87)
Friday December 6, 2013, 11:12 am
You are so right Ben.

Elizabeth M (65)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 7:46 pm
A fleet of 18 light aircraft will notch up two years of flying time in 2014 to conduct the first aerial headcount of Africa's elephants. Trained counters will attempt to take photographs of virtually every herd on the continent, which will then be used to verify their count. This is going to be quite the feat.
I still like Ben O's idea of a United Nations Wildlife Protection Force!!!
Thank You Cher,.
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