As the illegal ivory trade booms in China and other eastern countries, poachers are slaughtering elephants by the thousands. Elephants are now being killed faster than they can breed, and because both male and female elephants can have large tusks, many baby elephants are orphaned as a result of poaching.
Elephant Poaching Takes More Than Just Ivory
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Veterinary officers must dart elephants before they can get close enough to treat them. 00:35
Some poachers shoot elephants with poisoned, metal arrows. 01:46
Veterinary teams pour water on wild elephants' ears and prop open the ends of their trunks to keep them cool and breathing. 02:12