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Wildlife conference focus on elephant poaching

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>> The African elephant at the center of the world's largest wildlife conference hosted in Johannesburg this weekend. The convention on international trade and endangered species, or CITES, focusing on how to save the endangered mammal. But not everyone's on the same page. A group of nearly 30 countries has formed the African Elephant Coalition, offering a string of proposals to try and save the beast.
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But three rouge countries, Namibia, Zimbabwe and host South Africa, want the international ban on ivory trade to be lifted, arguing that by putting a value on the animal, it's more likely to be preserved. Thousands of African elephants are still being poached every year to meet soaring demand in fast growing Asian economies such as China.
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But while most of Africa is struggling to keep the elephant alive, the three rogue nations have them in excess which they argue isn't good for a well-functioning habitat. But science is about more than just elephant poaching. Here on the Kruger, a robust approach to rhino poaching has yielded some success, and seen a 17% decrease in the number of rhino poaching deaths compared to last year.
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With different countries tackling different issues, saving the African elephant and other endangered species won't be an easy task.