Elephants are close to extinction.
Excessive poaching in Africa due to high demand for ivory in Asia.
For several years Africa's elephants have been poached to such an extent that if poaching rates remain like this, the whole elephant population will be wiped out within 15 years only - which means that elephants will be extinct forever. The reason are exception ivory sales permitted by CITES in the past few years which have fueled the illegal ivory trade.
Never before elephant numbers have been as low as they are now, and every day around 80 - 90 elephants are poached. Never before elephants needed our help like now!
NEVER EVER BUY OR SELL IVORY! Every purchase of ivory stimulates demand and thus the killing of elephants. Buying ivory is like buying a bullet.