Thousands of elephants are killed each year so that religious objects can be carved from their tusks. Elephant poaching levels are currently at their worst in a decade, according to a National Geographic investigation.
Bodies remain in Cameroon’s Bouba Ndjida National Park after one of the largest mass elephant slaughters in decades. Armed with grenades and AK-47s, poachers killed more than 300. Elephant poaching levels are currently at their worst in a decade, and seizures of illegal ivory are at their highest level in years, as reported in the October issue of National Geographic magazine. LINK: Blood ivory photos from National GeographicBrent Stirton/Getty Images/National Geographic