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Dr. Paula Kahumbu is the CEO of the Kenyan conservation NGO WildlifeDirect and is leading the Hands Off Our Elephants Campaign with Kenya's first lady Margaret Kenyatta. Hands Off Our Elephants is a campaign to restore Kenyan leadership in elephant conservation through behavior change at all levels of society, from rural communities to business leaders and political decision makers. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author.
(CNN)The headline conclusion of the Great Elephant Census that Africa's elephants have declined should not have come as a surprise to anyone. But the horrifying extent has sent a massive blow to the heart of the conservation world, where millions of dollars have been spent in trying to protect these beloved animals.