The insatiable demand for ivory is causing a dramatic decline in the number of African elephants.
Popular resident of Tsavo National Park in Kenya had tusks so big they were recognizable even from the air.
The White House administrative action prohibits all commercial imports of African elephant ivory.
The first ever public destruction of ivory in China aims to shed the country's image as a global hub for the illegal trade in African elephant tusks.
Scientists hoping to record elephant vocalizations instead captured the precise moment when an elephant was shot and killed by ivory poachers in Central Africa. Continue reading →
Many conservationists argue that destroying confiscated tusks sends a signal that ivory will no longer be tolerated as a commercial product.
In a first, U.S. officials are going to destroy their massive stockpile of illegal ivory this week, hoping to send a zero-tolerance message to elephant poachers.