Like you, I am seriously concerned about the effect of illegal poaching and ivory trafficking on the long-term prospects for the survival of the elephant.
Just how seriously the Government takes this issue was demonstrated when it hosted and led the London Conference on Wildlife Trafficking. Over 40 countries adopted the London Declaration in an effort to save iconic species, including elephants, from being poached to the brink of extinction. The Buckingham Palace Declaration followed with a range of commitments to help the private sector tackle this illegal trade. The UK has also made available £13 million for various projects through the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund, and is training rangers in Gabon, home of Africa's largest population of forest elephants, to combat poaching.
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