According to criminal justice programs and wildlife charities, a kilogram of ivory poached from elephants is available for sale in Asia at prices of $850 (€650). In 2011, over $31 Million worth of ivory tusks was smuggled from Eastern Africa to Asia, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
A large portion of the poaching of elephants and rhinos take place in Kenya. Security services in the region state that organized groups of poachers use night vision goggle, automatic weapons and chainsaws to kill rhinos and elephants and to quickly remove the horns and tusks.
Intelligence by wildlife charities and advocates state that the poaching in Kenya is done by a core group of 20 to 30 people.
Source: AFP, “Counting the cost of East Africa’s poaching economy,” Google News, March 24,2014.