Illicit Trade in Ivory Tusks

The Environmental Investigation Agency, an international organization, reports:

  • Tanzania has become the largest supplier of poached ivory.
  • Tanzania recently has lost more elephants to poaching than any other country. In 2013, it lost 10,000 – or 27 a day.
  • China is the largest importer of poached ivory.
  • Chinese prize ivory for decorative and medicinal value.
  • Because of its scarcity, ivory also is an investment commodity.

Sources: EIA and Associated Press