“A century ago there were an estimated 5million elephants in Africa. Today there are less than half a million.
"Since 2012, it is estimated that 201288 elephants have been poached.
"Now experts have predicted that unless poaching can be effectively addressed, elephants could all but disappear from Africa in the coming decades,” said the statement.
Will Travers, the president of The Born Free Foundation, said: “A world without elephants is simply unimaginable. We cannot let that happen.