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Elephant and Rhino Populations Skyrocket in Tanzania Thanks to Anti-Poaching Task Force

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Elephants and rhinos are globally classified as vulnerable and endangered, respectfully — but in Tanzania, both animals' populations are finally significantly rising. According to the Tanzanian government, elephants have increased in population since 2014 from 43,330 to more than 60,000, and rhinos have increased since 2015 from just 15 to 167.

"As a result of the work of a special task force launched in 2016 to fight wildlife poaching, elephant populations have increased from 43,330 in 2014 to over 60,000 presently," reads a statement from the country's government, according to Sky News. As the outlet added, the 2015 census showed that Tanzania's elephant population was at 110,000 in 2009, meaning it decreased by more than half between 2009 and 2014, primarily due to wildlife poaching.