Elephants in Tanzania’s largest game reserve, Selous, could be wiped out within six years because of “industrial scale poaching”, the WWF warns.
Selous Game Reserve, the oldest in Africa, boasted 110,000 elephants 40 years ago. Now it has around 15,000.
The nature conservation group said “industrial scale poaching” – driven by demand for ivory from Asian countries, particularly China – was to blame.
Tanzania’s new president has pledged to tackle the corruption that allows the illegal ivory trade to continue.
The reserve in southern Tanzania is 55,000 sq km (21,000 sq miles) and was named a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1982.