More than 8 percent of the world’s population of elephants are being killed each year due to wildlife trafficking, according to a conservation biologist at the University of Washington.
Wildlife traffickers killed 214 elephants in Kenya in 2009. Traffickers killed 47 elephants in Kenya in 2007. The wildlife traffickers kill the elephants to sell their ivory on the black market.
Wildlife trafficking of elephant ivory was primarily based out of Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Thailand in 2009.
Around 38,000 African Elephants are killed each year by wildlife traffickers for their ivory tusks.
Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network TRAFFIC reported that Thailand is the world’s largest market for black market elephant ivory. TRAFFIC found over 26,000 products that were made from ivory for sale in retail outlets. 70 percent of the stores that were selling ivory products were located in the city of Bangkok.
Wildlife traffickers in Kenya killed 98 elephants in 2008. In 2007, there were 47 elephants that were killed for its tusks to be sold on the black market. One kilo of elephant tusks is sold in Vietnam for $1,800.
In no particular order, the following are the ten most smuggled wildlife species in Malaysia. 1. Pangolin 2. Rare tortoises…
121 tons of ivory was lost to wildlife smugglers in China between 1991-2002. The 121 tons is the equivalent of the tusks from 11,000 elephants.
Wildlife traffickers and smugglers kill an estimated 19,000 elephants each year for its ivory.
70 to 80 wild elephants in Assam , India are smuggled out of the state each year. There are a total of 5,000 wild elephants in the state.