Study finds poached ivory is rapidly moved into illegal trade

The African elephant is perhaps one of the world’s most iconic species, and yet in the near future, it may become extinct. Elephants’ tusks are made of ivory, which is highly sought after by Asian consumers for use in ornaments and jewelry1. Though international ivory trading has been banned since 1989, it has not stopped poachers from killing elephants2. In fact, from 2007-2014, savanna elephant populations decreased by almost 30%3. Officials are working to protect elephants, but how effective are these measures?Read More »