80 per cent of the elephant forest herds in a remote conservation park in Gabon have been killed in the last decade for ivory.Gabon is thought to hold the largest remaining population of forest elephants. But the researchers say about 25,000 elephants have been slaughtered in Minkebe National Park, an area that had been considered a sanctuary.

John Poulsen, from Duke University in the United States, led the research.

Ivory trade being such an expensive business, brings questions to the wealthy as to why they are still trading in animals that need our support; Not exploitation.

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