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Mali's Rare Desert Elephants Threatened by Poachers, Conflict

Poachers have killed more than 50 elephants in Mali this year, a large portion of the country's declining elephant population. In an attempt to protect the diminishing herd, 50 rangers are set to patrol a vast area in northern Mali, frequented not only by poachers, but also jihadists, armed militias and drug and arms traffickers. There are just 350 to 500 elephants left in Mali, and those that remain face threats not only from poachers, but also from armed groups, climate change...

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