One of the largest wildlife preserves on the African continent has marked a year without a single elephant found killed by poachers. The Niassa preserve is situated in a remote region in northern Mozambique, and while thousands of animals have reportedly been slaughtered in the region in recent years, the introduction of a rapid intervention police force and more assertive patrolling and response by air has apparently quelled the damage, according to the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society. Experts have called the drop in elephant poaching an extraordinary development, but it reportedly could still take years to rebuild the elephant population in Niassa to its former levels after aggressive poaching slashed initial numbers from around 12,000 to 3,600 in 2016.

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