Urgent measures against the illegal ivory trade have been agreed upon by key states in an effort to help save the African elephant
The year 2011 saw the highest levels of illegal ivory trading for 16 years and preliminary figures suggest 2013 could be even higher, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
An estimated 500,000 African elephants remain in the world, and have subsequently been included on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species.
The African Elephant Summit in December 2013 attempted to address the issue by looking at the entire ivory supply chain – the first meeting of its kind to do so. It was convened by the IUCN and the government of Botswana.
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