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Elephants in Zakouma National Park, the last stronghold for the savanna elephants of Central Africa's Sahel region, now hover at about 1,000 animals, down from an estimated 3,000 in 2006.
The first U.N.-approved auction of elephant ivory in almost a decade yielded lower prices than many analysts predicted on Tuesday.
The sale of tons of elephant ivory in Namibia this week has conservationists concerned it may trigger widespread poaching of elephants.
For almost ten years, it has been illegal to sell ivory in southern Africa, but all that changes Tuesday.
Congo poachers have destroyed twenty percent of the elephants in Africa's oldest national park due to China buying more ivory.
African elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory at a pace unseen since an international ban on the ivory trade took effect in 1989. But the public outcry that resulted in that ban is absent today, and a University of Washington conservation biologist contends it is because the public seems to be unaware of the giant mammals' plight.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman rejected any criticism of his government's fight against illegal ivory trade. Commenting on an NGO report critical of China's program, Liu Jianchao said it is unfair and twists facts, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
By Michael McCarthy; Colin Brown China was given permission to become a licensed buyer of ivory yesterday, provoking widespread condemnation from environmentalists and politicians, who said the move was a grave threat to the future of wild elephants in Africa and Asia.
Despite strong objections from conservation groups, a United Nations agency has approved the sale of African elephant ivory to China. Meeting in Geneva, the U.N.
A Geneva meeting on endangered species will decide whether to let China import elephant ivory but the issue has already raised alarm among animal rights groups. Among the issues on the agenda of the five-day meeting of the U.N.
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