The report assessed the populations of 3,700 different mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles. The Living Planet Report, which is published every two years, aims to provide an assessment of the world’s wildlife populations.
Human activities are driving many of the world’s most iconic animals to extinction. The African elephant population, for example, has fallen by 111,000 in the past decade. Poaching practices associated with the unsustainable ivory trade are said to be the largest contributing factor to the rapid decline. Today, it is estimated that a total of 415,000 African elephants remain.
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