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Singapore crushes 8 tonnes of illegal ivory

Singapore, a major transit point to ship illegal ivory from Africa to China crushed 8 tonnes of seized ivory estimated to be worth $10 million.The remains will be used as landfill at an offshore island.

Singapore destroys tonnes of illegal ivory

Singapore - Singapore on Monday crushed and burnt almost eight tonnes of ivory confiscated over two years to try to deter smugglers as activists called for tighter enforcement.Over 2,700 elephant tusks weighing 7.

France seizes 350 kg of ivory

Ivry-sur-seine - French customs said Wednesday that officers had seized over 350 kilogrammes (770 pounds) of elephant tusks in recent weeks, the biggest haul of ivory in the country in ten years.

US announces near-total ban on African elephant ivory trade

Washington - The US authorities announced a near-total ban on the trade of African elephant ivory on Thursday, finalizing a years-long push to protect the endangered animals.

Kenya lights world's biggest ivory bonfire, demands tusk trade ban

Nairobi - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta set fire to the world's biggest ivory bonfire Saturday, after demanding a total ban on trade in tusks and horns to end "murderous" trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild.

Kenya demands total ivory ban to stop elephant slaughter

Nanyuki - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday demanded a total ban on trade in ivory to end trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild."To lose our elephants would be to lose a key part of the heritage that we hold in trust.

Kenya's mega ivory piles 'will burn even if it snows'

Nairobi - Eleven towering piles of ivory rise above the savannah grasslands of Nairobi National Park, ready to be burned Saturday in a symbolic grand gesture against the trade threatening elephants with extinction.

Ivory trucks arrive in Kenyan capital for mass burning

Nairobi - Truckloads of elephant tusks arrived in the Kenyan capital Friday, collected from across the east African nation ahead of the world's biggest burning of ivory later this month.

Kenya ivory amnesty ahead of record-breaking tusk burning

Nairobi - Kenya on Wednesday launched a three-week amnesty to hand in ivory and rhino horn ahead of the world's biggest burning of ivory next month.

Kenya's canine cops sniff out illegal ivory

Nairobi - Burrowing deep into a huge pile of jumbled luggage, Dick the dog wags his tail, pawing at a small green rucksack: inside is the hand-sized tip of an elephant's tusk.

Kenya to destroy largest ever ivory stockpile

Kenya will set ablaze 120 tonnes of ivory worth $270 million, the biggest to be burned by any country in one go, in April this year. The event will be attended by Hollywood actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicole Kidman along with several other celebrities.

Sri Lanka destroys biggest ever illegal ivory haul

Colombo - Sri Lanka's government on Tuesday destroyed its biggest ever illegal ivory haul in the first public crushing of poached tusks in South Asia, intended to send a stark message to smugglers.

'Queen of Ivory' arrested, charged in major smuggling operation

She's known as the "Queen of Ivory" and for more than 15 years, she allegedly helped smuggle more than 700 elephant tusks out of Africa and across the world. She kept a high-profile, owning a popular Chinese restaurant, yet managed to evade capture.

Africa's elephants have a champion on their side Special

In the ongoing battle to save Africa's two species of elephants, many organizations have combined forces. But Tara Easter, with the Center for Biological Diversity is at the forefront of this strategy in combating the illegal wildlife trade.

Mozambique elephant poaching fuels ivory trade in China and Asia

Maputo - The U.S.-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reported on Tuesday that nearly half of Mozambique's elephants have been killed for their ivory in the past five years.

Kenyan president torches 15-tonne ivory stockpile

Nairobi - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta set fire to a giant pile of 15 tonnes of elephant ivory Tuesday, vowing to destroy the country's entire stockpile of illegal tusks by the year's end.

Elephant slaughter, ivory sales 'out of control': conservationists

Nairobi - The slaughter of Africa's elephants and the illegal trade in ivory in China are "out of control" and could push wild elephants to extinction within a generation, conservationists said Tuesday.

Elephant slaughter, ivory sales 'out of control': conservationists

Nairobi - The slaughter of Africa's elephants and the illegal trade in ivory in China are "out of control", conservationists said Tuesday, with wild elephants potentially disappearing within a generation.

Angelina Jolie to direct ivory poaching movie

Los Angeles - Angelina Jolie is to direct "Africa," a movie about celebrated conservationist Richard Leakey's battles with ivory poachers. The feature will be Jolie's fourth directorial effort.

Hannibal's main weapon against Romans may be nearing extinction

Nairobi - Once the weapon of mass destruction for Hannibal, African elephants could become extinct. Despite some success in curbing their poaching, more are dying than being born in Africa.

Hong Kong officials seize ivory valued at $1 million

A group of smugglers tried to get a whopping 32 cases of luggage filled with ivory through Hong Kong customs. They were caught and lost $7.9 million HK in smuggled ivory, the equivalent of $1 million USD.

Slaughtered for ivory: 65% of forest elephants killed since 2002

London - Yesterday, the Wildlife Conservation Society released new data about the plight of the forest elephants. The release of information was timed to coincide with a conference on wildlife crime.

US bans commercial ivory trade

Washington - The United States banned the domestic trade of elephant ivory as part of a new drive to help African countries stem the rising threat to wildlife from poachers.The White House administrative action prohibits all commercial imports of African elephant i...

Suspected ivory smuggler in Kenya facing life due to new law

Nairobi - Tang Yong Jian, who was allegedly attempting to smuggle raw ivory out of Kenya to China, may face life imprisonment and a $230,000 fine if convicted. The new punishments are part of Kenya’s new Wildlife Act of 2013.

Ivory smugglers sentenced in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City - A Vietnamese court sentenced two men to three years in prison for their role in smuggling ivory weighing 2,400 kilograms into the nation from Singapore. The tusks originated in Mozambique. The trial lasted one day.

Report: Joseph Kony and LRA killing elephants across Africa

Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army have been butchering elephants across central Africa for their ivory tusks, a report says.

Poachers have killed all rhinos in Limpopo Park, Mozambique

The directors of the Limpopo National Park (PNL) in Mozambique have announced that poachers have wiped out all the rhinos in the park. Poachers traffic in rhino horns to meet the Asian market demand for preparations believed to have medicinal properties.

Elephant poaching increasing in Gabon

Elephant poaching in Gabon is increasing at an ‘alarming rate’ according to environmental groups. Since 2004, some 11,000 elephants have been killed by ivory poachers.

Gabon sets fire to 10,000 pounds of elephant ivory

Libreville - Over 10,000 pounds of seized elephant ivory were burned in Gabon on Wednesday to combat a spike in poaching and illegal ivory trafficking.

Review: Ivory Wars — Out Of Africa Special

The latest edition of the BBC's 'Panorama' documentary series casts a disturbing eye over the trade in ivory, and the future, or otherwise, of the elephant.
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Reliquary with ivory inlays.
Reliquary with ivory inlays.
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A luxury goods store showroom in Beijing  China.
A luxury goods store showroom in Beijing, China.
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Three tonnes of illegal ivory are displayed on February 6  2014 in front of the Eiffel tower in Pari...
Three tonnes of illegal ivory are displayed on February 6, 2014 in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris
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A poacher doesn t see the elephant. All he sees is the ivory.
A poacher doesn't see the elephant. All he sees is the ivory.
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Collection of ivory figurines destroyed 
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Collection of ivory figurines destroyed during Ivory Crush by USDFW in 2014.
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China is the world's largest consumer of illegal ivory  according to conservationists
China is the world's largest consumer of illegal ivory, according to conservationists
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Over 2 700 elephant tusks weighing 7.9 tonnes were fed into an industrial rock crusher before incine...
Over 2,700 elephant tusks weighing 7.9 tonnes were fed into an industrial rock crusher before incineration
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This ivory carving is a gift from China presented to the United Nations in 1974. It depicts the Chen...
This ivory carving is a gift from China presented to the United Nations in 1974. It depicts the Chengtu-Kunming railway, which was opened to traffic in 1970 and covers a distance of over 1,000 kilometers. The railway connects two Chinese provinces, Yunnan Province in the South and Szechuan Province in the North. The sculpture was carved from eight elephant tusks, and it is said that 98 people worked on it for more than two years. It is amazing for its detail - it is possible to see even tiny
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