According to experts from Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment and Born Free, unless the sanctuary’s integrity is restored, and security and poverty issues are addressed, the Babile Elephant Sanctuary’s elephants will be extinct in a short period.

The sanctuary is home to Africa’s most northern population of African Savannah Elephants, which is only one of six populations recognized in Ethiopia. Now, there are just about 250 elephants left.

With a population of more than 110 million people, Ethiopia faces lack of land and a strong demand for natural resources. Experts discovered that the number of unlawful houses in the sanctuary increased from 18,000 to more than 50,000 in the 11 years leading up to 2017. There are around 32,000 dwellings in the region where elephants roam.


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