Counting Africa's elephants
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Counting Africa's elephants from the air

The first-ever aerial survey of Africa’s savannah elephants has shown a dramatic reduction in their numbers.

The Great Elephant Census discovered nearly a third of the continent’s elephants, some 144,000 animals have been killed, mostly by poachers in just a seven-year period.

The BBC's Christian Parkinson breaks down the figures.

  • 31 Aug 2016
  • From the section Africa