Here’s the reality of elephant poaching in Africa. It is a huge and unsustainable problem. International demand for ivory is dooming elephants, and poachers are making huge amounts of money in the clandestine trade. Much of the most heinous poaching is happening in remote game parks across the continent, and in nations that don’t allow sport hunting of the animals. Those two conditions are important to keep in mind. Poachers thrive in areas where there aren’t eyes and ears on their behavior, and where there is an incentive for their activity. Mozambique, Kenya, parts of Zimbabwe and Zambia, and parks in Angola and Botswana are being targeted by poachers because they can operate in relative security there, operating under a safety net of bribes and collusion.