Woops! This didn’t go out on Tuesday-ish as usual although thought I set it up to post automatically.

I’m sharing an interesting article (to me) on how new DNA extraction techniques allow researchers to rewrite the elephant family tree and supports evidence that there are two species of elephant in Africa: the savannah and forest elephants. At the end of the article is a scary quote:

“More than two-thirds of the remaining forest elephants in Africa have been killed over the last 15 years or so,” said co-author Albert Roca of University of Illinois. “Forest elephants are among the most endangered elephant populations on the planet. Some conservation agencies don’t recognize African forest elephants as a distinct species, and these animals’ conservation needs have been neglected.”

Two-thirds! What are we doing?