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The African elephant is not extinct but is a highly endangered species. There were once millions of these animals in Africa but now their numbers have been greatly reduced. They are endangered because of two reasons:

  1. Hunting & Poaching - Trophy Hunting and Ivory Poaching is the main reason for the decline in numbers of African elephants. There were once millions of these animals and now only a few thousand survive
  2. Habitat Loss - As human numbers grew, people started settling into forests and that has also affected elephant populations.
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