A short movie I made about Dzanga Bai, a place I consider one of the most beautiful in the world (best viewed in full screen!). I highly doubt there is any other place that can offer a comparable elephant-watching experience; on any given day, one can see up to 120 elephants at a time.
A very recent study concluded that over the last ten years, two-thirds of all forest elephants were killed for their ivory.
The Wildlife Conservation Society separately found that Minkebe Park, in neighboring Gabon, has lost 11,100 elephants since 2004. Most of these killings were likely to have occurred in the last 5 years. Meanwhile in another bordering country, the DRC, the Okapi Faunal Reserve is reported to have lost over 5000 elephants since 1998.
According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the global illegal ivory trade has doubled since 2007. In general, most ivory is smuggled to China but Japan is the only country with a preference for the softer ivory of forest elephants.
Here’s an excellent article by the Washington Post about the growing illegal ivory trade.