A male adult elephant has been killed by poachers inside a Cambodian wildlife sanctuary. In the past few years, Cambodia has become “a key transit hub for the multi-billion dollar illicit-wildlife trade,” reports Channel News Asia.
However, the ivory trade is not solely responsible for the dwindling elephant population. The forest in the northeast and the southwest of Cambodia is home to a growing illegal-logging community. This severely reduces the habitat for elephants and makes is next to impossible for the species to thrive.
This recent incident at the Mondulkiri Wildlife Sanctuary highlights how close these animals are to extinction. With only 400 left in the Cambodian forest and just 50 in captivity, the endangered Cambodian elephant needs all the help it can get.