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The Number of Elephants in Parts of Zimbabwe Is Plunging

Elephants in this Nov. 18, 2012 file photo in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

Elephants in this Nov. 18, 2012 file photo in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

Photographer: Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images

Elephants are under threat from poachers in Zimbabwe, where the population has plummeted in the wildlife sanctuaries and hunting reserves that are home to most of the animals, according to a conservation group.

The number of elephants in the northern Sebungwe district fell to 4,000 last year from 13,000 in 2001, while in Middle Zambezi Valley the population declined to 11,500 from 18,000, according to the Zambezi Society. In Hwange National Park, in western Zimbabwe, the population climbed by a “statistically insignificant” 10 percent to 54,000, the society said.