03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

African Elephants Could Be Extinct In 15 years

The [African elephant] population - currently 600,000 - is diminishing by 38,000 each year. These figures, calculated using the annual number of illegal tusk seizures, significantly exceed elephant birth rates meaning the species could face extinction entirely within 15 years, says Samuel Wasser of the Scientific American Journal.

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