African elephants face extinction

13:57, July 25, 2011      

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Elephants played in Tsavo national park of Kenya, July 20, 2011. According to the Kenya Wild life service, the elephant of the whole African continent has faced extinction. In 1979, there were estimated to be 1.3 million elephants in Africa but by 1989 only 600,000 remained. This catastrophic loss was almost entirely due to the killing of elephants for their ivory. Currently, there are approximately 400,000 remain in Africa today. (Xinhua/Zhao Yingquan)

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