As poachers target older #matriarchs
for their large #tusks
, a generation of young, orphaned African #elephants
is growing up without guidance. The consequences can be deadly. During Tanzania’s drought of 1993, matriarchs that endured a similar event decades earlier knew where to lead their herds for food and water. Groups with matriarchs too young to remember the previous drought lost more than half of their calves that year.
, +Wildlife Conservation Society #Elephant
photo © Poulomee Basu