Where do poachers sell the tusks of elephants?

Where do poachers sell the tusks of elephants?

Elephants are killed for their tusks, and rhinos for their horns, by poachers. The tusks and horns are then purchased by others known as "traffickers" and smuggled out of the country aboard a ship. The tusks and horns are then sold for much more money, generally in Asia, by traffickers. Elephant tusks may fetch up to $450 per pound ($1000 per kilogram). Rhino horns are even more valuable: $120,000 or more per pound ($250,000 or more per kilo).

Poaching is a multibillion-dollar business that operates largely outside the law. It has become one of the most serious threats to the survival of these animals. Each year, thousands of elephants and rhinos are slaughtered for their ivory and horn, respectively.

In 2005, there were only about 40,000 elephants left in Africa; by 2007, that number was estimated to have dropped to 35,000. That's a loss of more than 10,000 animals over just two years. There are now almost half as many African elephants today as there were 100 years ago.

Rhinos are going extinct at an alarming rate as well. Only about 5500 black rhinos remain on earth, down from about 18,000 in 2006. Asian rhinos are doing better but still face major threats from organized crime groups that trade in their horns. There are only about 200 white rhinos left on earth. They are protected by law, but people kill them for their horns anyway.

Are elephant tusks valuable?

Elephants are killed by poachers for their costly tusks—a single pound of ivory may sell for $1,500, and tusks can weigh up to 250 pounds. Elephant populations have also been hurt by drought, famine, and warfare; these causes should be used to help protect elephants, not exploit them.

Tusks are important to elephants because they use them to fight other males for access to females and to defend themselves against predators. Without their tusks, elephants would be vulnerable to attack from both humans and animals who prey on the weak.

Elephant tusks are made up of several layers of bone with small holes in them where nerves and blood vessels branch out. Inside each tusk is a chemical composition similar to human bone tissue. It is this property that has led scientists to believe that computers based on the design of the human body could one day reproduce images stored in a computer database and print them out as three-dimensional objects. The technology to do this exists but it is expensive and time-consuming. As it stands now, printers only create two-dimensional images.

Scientists have also found that when you cut open an elephant's tusk, the dentine (the material inside the tooth) continues right down to the base of the tusk where it becomes ivory.

What are elephants hunted and poached for?

Poachers kill around 20,000 elephants each year for their tusks, which are then illegally transferred on the worldwide market and finally end up as ivory ornaments. This trade is mostly driven by Asian demand for ivory. Elephants are also killed for their meat, skin, bones, and trunks.

Elephants are protected under CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), but illegal trade continues to be one of the biggest threats to this species' survival.

In Africa, the main threat to elephant populations is poaching for ivory. In Asia, where most of the ivory comes from, deforestation, crop damage, and animal migration issues also play a role in reducing elephant numbers.

After years of decline, the number of African elephants has now reached levels not seen since 1970-1990. However, there have been recent reports of increased poaching activity. There have also been allegations that some governments are complicit in the trade: China, for example, is said to be selling its confiscated ivory stocks.

The situation in Asia is different. While poaching has reduced the population of Asian elephants by about 50% over the past 30 years, it is still relatively high compared with other wild animals.

Why are elephants being poached in Zimbabwe?

Elephants use their tusks to protect themselves, move items, and gather food, but their ivory is extremely valuable on the black market. According to a 2016 research, poachers were responsible for the deaths of up to 40,000 elephants (who remove the tusks with an axe every year). They do this because elephant populations are shrinking due to increased poaching for ivory.

In addition, farmers who live near wildlife reserves tend to sell their land at low prices or rent it out, resulting in reduced compensation for any injury caused by elephants on the land. This can lead to conflict; for example, when elephants migrate to try and find new food sources, they may come into contact with people who work these lands and may not be able to distinguish between them and predators. Violence can result from both parties trying to protect themselves. Farmers may kill elephants to prevent them destroying crops while hunters shoot injured animals to reduce risk of them attacking humans.

Poaching has become such a problem that some government agencies have banned all trade in ivory. These bans include China, which accounts for about one-third of the world's ivory supply, and the United States. However, despite these efforts, illegal activity continues to be a problem.

Conflict between people and elephants can be avoided if farmers give elephants enough time to move away from areas where farming is done and if hunters don't shoot injured animals.

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Anthony Moss

Anthony Moss is a journalist who specializes in writing about different leaders in the world, as well as politicians. He also loves to write about social issues that are affecting society today. He has spent his whole life around politics and journalism, since he was born into a family of journalists. Anthony graduated from Georgetown University with degrees in International Studies and English Literature.

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