Elephant Poaching

News, information and statistics about elephant poaching. Facts about the killing of elephants for their ivory and the ivory trade is collected from wildlife charities, intelligence reports and other public criminal justice information.

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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.

Source:  Sandi Doughton, “Sale of elephant tusk stockpiles may encourage poaching, experts worry,” Seattle Times, March 11, 2010.

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.

Source:  AFP, “African countries set for new fight over ivory sales,” Google News, December 22, 2009.

Wildlife trafficking of elephant ivory was primarily based out of Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Thailand in 2009.

Source: “Worry over ivory trade increase,” WWF, November 17, 2009.


Around 38,000 African Elephants are killed each year by wildlife traffickers for their ivory tusks.

Source:  AFP, “Ivory traffickers ‘held in C.African Republic’,” Google News, October 5, 2009.

Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network TRAFFIC reported that Thailand is the world’s largest market for illegal 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.

(Prices of endangered animals here.)

Source:  TRAFFIC, “Elephant-size loopholes sustain Thai ivory trade,”TRAFFIC-Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network website, June 19, 2009.

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.

See more prices of exotic animals for sale.

Source: Pete Browne, “Amid Legal Ivory Trade, Illegal Sales Grow,” New York Times, Green Inc., August 25, 2009.

In no particular order, the following are the ten most smuggled wildlife species in Malaysia.

1. Pangolin

2. Rare tortoises and freshwater turtle.

3. Snakes and lizards.

4. Tiger.

5. Sun Bear.

6. Loris, Orangutan and Monkeys.

7. Leopard and Panther.

8.  Lory, cockatoo, various songbirds.

9.  Elephant Tusk.

10.  Marine Turtle.

Source: Hilary Chiew, “Illegal animal trading puts Malaysia on the world map for all the wrong reasons,” The Star, August 10, 2009.

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.