Desert-dwelling elephants in the north-western part of Namibia are special for several reasons. They are one group of only two known populations of desert-dwelling elephants in the world. The other group is in Mali. They are uniquely adopted to extremely dry and sandy conditions – they have a smaller bodies and larger feet than other elephants. By the 1980′s most of 3000 elephants that lived in Namibia’s Kunene Region were killed by hunters and poachers.There are approximately 10 000 elephants in Namibia now although they became almost extinct at the end of last century due to hunting and poaching.
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