Elephant poaching

During the eighties and nighties, A criminal band leader, Verappan (known in this state as a"Robin Hood") from the state of Tamil Nadu in India, killed several hundreds of elephants, most of them tusker´s, and about 50 game wardens. So in the case of the Asian elephants, the poaching has not only reduced the population, but also disturbed the balance in the sex ratio of wild populations.

In southern India, poaching of male tuskers has seriously upset the balance of the sexes, with 30 to 40 females to every male. The normal ratio is one male to four females.

Poached elephants

African elephant numbers

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Source: Professor Sam Wasser, director, Center for Conservation Biology, University of Washington

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