A man stands beside a truck carrying logs of wood in the Omo Forest, a home for elephants, near Ose-Eke village, northeast of Africa's biggest city Lagos, on June 13, 2019. AFP / Peter MARTELL
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The jungle was so thick that Emmanuel Olabode only found the elephants he was tracking when the great matriarch's sniffing trunk reached out close enough to almost touch.The elusive elephants are just 100 kilometers from downtown Lagos, Nigeria's economic capital, home to over 20 million people.To the elephants, the crops are tasty treats, which angers forest farmers.Then, in April 2018, the elephants burst out of the jungle.Olabode now believes there could be a hundred elephants in Omo -- but their remarkable survival is under threat like never before as their forest home is in danger.In Lagos, in the Jakande craft market in middle-class Lekki, one carver shows off a commission he is making for a "big businessman" -- a miniature AK-47 in ivory, the weapon of choice for poachers.For city businesses, wildlife may not be their first concern, but preserving the jungle and keeping elephants safe is an issue for flood-hit Lagos.
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