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The war to save the elephants

Poachers in Africa are slaughtering whole herds to feed China’s obsession with ivory

By Martin Fletcher   January 2014
A herd of African bush elephants in Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Poaching for the ivory trade is wiping out around 40,000 elephants a year

A herd of African bush elephants in Amboseli National Park, Kenya

 A herd of African bush elephants in Amboseli National Park, Kenya 

© Martin Zwick/Age Fotostock/Superstock

Tell the Chinese president to shut down the ivory market

We could smell the elephant’s carcass before we saw it—a nauseating stench of decomposing animal matter polluting the pure air of the Kenyan bush. We could even hear the carcass, or at least the buzzing of the thick black canopy of flies that covered it.…

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