Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Journal 4 from Charles

The Ivory trade in Africa has been on a steady decline ever since they started taking credible studies in the late to mid 1990's. Before then the studies were not done through enough to have been done through-out the country. That being said it was noted that during the 1970's and 1980's most of Africa lost 70-80% of their elephant herds due to the ivory poachers. With Africa and most of its country being in poverty it drove most males to poaching, With prices being around .50$ per kg,To make that into laments terms it is about $100-$150 for a simple walking stick. Each tusk on a grown Elephant can weigh anywhere from 200-275 pounds.With one full-grown elephant the poachers can make around $1,500. However as I stated earlier the overall amount of Ivory brought in by poachers are steadily decreasing starting in the late 1990's. In the biggest poaching town called Bikeko in the state of Kinshasa had decreased 92% from 1995-1997. It had been around 1,300 kg/month to around 280 kg/month.With the ivory from the tusks they make anywhere from bracelets ,necklaces  all the way to figureiens, busts and animals.


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  2. interesting information i may look further into this.

  3. That's a lot of money for ivory products. Very cool read.


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