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Nigeria at risk of losing all its forest elephants

Abuja, Mar 12 (Prensa Latina) Nigeria is at risk of losing all its forest elephants due to habitat fragmentation, forest degradation, illegal hunting, genetic isolation and conflict with humans.

Nigeria is one of 37 African countries where elephants are found in the wild, Down to Earth magazine reflects.

Savannah elephants (Loxodonta africana) can be found in the north and forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) in the south, experts from the University of Lagos said.

Eighteen years ago, the African Elephant Survey Report estimated that there were only 94 elephants left in the country.

In 2021, it was assessed that there could be as many as 400 elephants in areas not systematically surveyed.

According to conservationists, the number and distribution of elephants in Nigeria declined considerably over time and the main cause is human activity, such as logging and agriculture, which threaten their survival by reducing their natural habitat.