... but we need your ivory and don't give a damn if you're still around or not. These are the actions of people. Is it fair to ask what is wrong with us? Heard a report on PBS this morning which prompted me to pull up this: African Forest Elephants Are Being Massacred Into Extinction- fueled largely by U.S. demand?? (Jan 2014) Elephants extinct within 12 years. (2013) Apparently in the 1980s the population of elephants dropped from 1.5 million to 600k. About 36,000 elephants in Africa were slaughtered last year despite a ban on ivory. WWF estimates todays total African Elephant population at 400-700k.