1. CITES recognizes two species of elephants, the Asian Elephant Elephas maximus and the African Elephant Loxodonta africana, and prohibits all international commercial trade in wild individuals or their parts and derivatives such as ivory, except under exceptional and very limited circumstances.
2. Thailand has wild populations of Asian Elephants estimated to number between 2,500 – 3,200 individuals. Thailand’s captive population of Asian Elephants is far greater and numbered 4,169 animals in 2012, according to government data
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