About a fifth of Mali’s rare desert elephants have been killed this year as ivory poachers exploit a security vacuum in the country’s north, the United Nations has said, warning of a growing threat from Islamist militants roaming the region.
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Roughly 7,000 animals are thought to remain in West and Central Africa, of which some are thought to be genetically distinct from the additional numerous elephants further south. They are often scattered in small, isolated groups of less than 100 and are at risk of local extinction.
Mali’s Gourma elephants, once a magnet for tourists visiting the nearby desert city of Timbuktu, are one of the last two desert herds in the world. The other is in Namibia.