According to wildlife charities, nearly 100 African elephants are killed each day by poachers. The poachers kill the elephants in order to cut off the elephant’s tusks. Ivory tusks with elaborate carvings on them can be sold for up to $3,000 per kilogram on the global black market.
70 percent of the demand for ivory is centered in China.
In 1980, there were 1.2 million elephants in Africa. At the start of 2014, due to poaching, wildlife officials estimate that there are around 500,000 elephants remaining.
Source: Sophie Brown and Susan Wang, “China crushes tons of illegal ivory,” CNN, January 6, 2014.