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updated 5:56 PM PDT, May 23, 2016

African elephants nearing extinction

AL JAZEERA AMERICA: Experts warn that wild African elephants could be extinct in the next couple decades.

AL JAZEERA AMERICA: Experts warn that wild African elephants could be extinct in the next couple decades.

The Africa Elephant Summit, held at a tourist resort in Kasane, gathered delegates from about 20 countries across Europe, Africa and Asia, including China — which is accused of fuelling the illegal poaching trade.

"This species could be extinct in our lifetime if the current trend continues...within one or two decades," said Dune Ives, a senior researcher at philanthropic organization Vulcan. "In five years, we may have lost the opportunity to save this magnificent and iconic animal."

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