When, on Dec. 30, 2016, the Chinese government made public that it would halt its legal domestic ivory trade by the end of the coming year, it immediately attracted the attention of conservationists and the global media alike. As AWF and other conservation groups see it, the single announcement has the potential to completely upend the illegal wildlife trade.
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It’s hard not to be transported when you encounter a photo like the one above, of an elephant in the early morning haze.
Since the end of August, several developments have transpired that have significant implications for one of Africa’s most iconic pachyderms. Here’s a quick summary of these important updates:
The world’s appetite for ivory has, for years now, been the driving force behind the catastrophic decline in Africa’s elephant population. A recently completed census revealed that Africa’s elephant numbers have declined by a full 30 percent over a period of just seven years.