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  Elephants counted to stop poaching
Updated 18 June 2002, 12.11
All India's elephants are being counted
All the elephants in India are being counted as part of a massive crackdown on poaching.

Click here to test your elephant facts!

Fact File
Elephants
There used to be about 100,000 Asian elephants in the world
Now there are about 40,000, half of those in India

National park wardens will be getting up early to count every single one.

Some of the country's parks have lost quite a few animals over the last year.

Killed for tusks

The government's cracking down on the ivory trade
Poachers kill them for their valuable tusks which are made into ivory ornaments and jewellery.

Normally the elephants are counted every two years but the government's so worried they've set up Project Elephant a year early.

It's a massive job and the first time all the elephants will be counted across India - usually it's done area by area.

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