Eliminating Elephant Poaching in Africa

Matt Luber, manager of entertainment company Luber Roklin Entertainment, is dedicated to preserving wildlife in Africa. To fulfill his goal of saving African rhinos and elephants, Matt Luber joined the African Wildlife Foundation and has contributed to its efforts to end animal poaching.

In 2013, more than 20,000 elephants were poached for ivory. While still a significant number of animals, recent reports by the international trade monitoring group Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora show that the number of elephants poached had actually decreased by 5,000 from 2012.

Signs of improvement are a result of stronger law enforcement within Africa, namely, in the countries of Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. In particular, the African Wildlife Foundation has supported efforts to train canine detection units that are used to uncover smuggled ivory and illegal wildlife products passing through seaports and airports. Additionally, training and equipment provided to rangers and scouts in this region of sub-Saharan Africa have helped ward off and catch poachers in the area. Other law enforcement initiatives include training government prosecutors to effectively bring perpetrators of wildlife crimes to justice.

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