UCLA Press Release
Which is most valuable: Gold, cocaine or rhino horn?
According to study co-authored by UCLA ecologist, the answer is devastating news for Earth’s largest animals
The study found that one-fifth of the world’s wild savannah elephant population was poached between 2010 and 2012.
Many of the world’s largest herbivores — including several species of elephants, rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses and gorillas — are in danger of becoming extinct. And if current trends continue, the loss of these animals would have drastic implications not only for the species themselves, but also for other animals and the environments and ecosystems in which they live, according to a new report by an international team of scientists.
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