The International Union for Conservation of Nature said Sunday that Africa’s elephant population has suffered its worst drop in 25 years, due to poaching. Estimates from across Africa put the total elephant population at around 415,000 — down about 111,000 over the last decade. The numbers show “the truly alarming plight of the majestic elephant,” said IUCN chief Inger Andersen. “It is shocking but not surprising that poaching has taken such a dramatic toll on this iconic species.” — Read it at