Jumbo deaths in Tanzania: is poaching metric accurate?

The poaching metric in places like Tanzania, as in most parts of Africa, is window-dressed. To claim that their elephant population is in good health it’s calculated at the ratio of carcass to live elephants. Tanzania claims it has a poaching metric of just two per cent.

This does not fit in with the decline in elephant population in the country’s national park in just the past five years. Something is clearly amiss. A metric is based on the idea that the larger the ratio of dead elephants to live elephants, the more the poaching. But among Asian elephants, females don’t have tusks. In fact many males don’t have tusks as well. So the metric should be live males with tusks relative to dead males with tusks. Many countries have no data quality control.

(Pic source: Tommyimages.com)

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