An elephant orphanage in Kenya is seeing an upsurge in orphaned elephants brought there because of the poaching crisis occurring across Africa.
Poaching in protected wildlife areas has been on the rise in the Central African Republic since the country was plunged into turmoil, say campaigners.
Poachers killed at least 86 elephants in Chad last week, say conservation groups, warning that elephants in Central Africa risked being wiped out.
Urgent steps will have to be taken after a report at Cites sheds light on the dramatic rise in elephant poaching across Africa.
Africa's rhinos and elephants have been poached in near record numbers in 2012, with surging demand for horn and ivory driving the slaughter.
While South Africa is battling rhino poaching, it seems to be escaping the continental elephant purge. But not for long, writes Sipho Kings.
The legal trading of ivory has not helped the elephant so there's no reason to think the legal trading of rhino horn can be different.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare has called for a ban on the ivory trade after Malaysia seized a shipment of illegal tusks from Cape Town.
The past year has seen a record number of large ivory seizures across the world, confirming a sharp increase in the illegal trade in recent years.
Police in Zimbabwe have arrested 10 people for poaching and unlawful possession of elephant tusks and rhino horns.
Kenyan game rangers shoot dead three people suspected of killing five elephants for ivory.