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Why Is Namibia Killing Its Rare Desert Elephants? | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American...

Namibia has sold 9 licenses to kill its unique desert elephants, and conservationists believe there are only 18 adult males - half of whom will DIE because Namibia has sold their lives. Seven of those 9 elephants will die at the hands of trophy hunters. [Our update to this post's reference to the July 5th trampling of a trophy hunter, Johann Louw, by a Namibian elephant: authorities killed the elephant.] Excellent blog post by Scientific American magazine - "Desert elephants, which can only be found in Namibia and Mali, are not a separate species or subspecies. They are, however, uniquely adapted to their arid environments. The animals have a few morphological differences from savanna elephants (Loxodonta africana), most notably their thinner bodies and wider feet. They also possess a number of unique behaviors shared by no other African elephants, such as digging wells to purify their drinking water."