African elephants are becoming more endangered. That’s according to a March 25 report. It was done by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The group decides how likely some animals are to become extinct.
There are two species of African elephant. One is the savanna elephant. Its population has fallen by 60% over the past 50 years. The other is the forest elephant. Its population has fallen by 86% in the past 31 years.
These animals are now endangered. Poaching and habitat loss are the two main threats to them. Bruno Oberle is the director of IUCN. He says Africa’s elephants are “iconic animals” that should be protected.