Want a quick overview of everything that you ever need to know about the illegal ivory trade?
Rice covers all the issues; from the uncontrollable trade in the 1980s leading to the first international ban, to the market based reasons why Tanzania lost over 70% of its elephants in just 6 years and the differing views on how to protect these valuable pachyderms.
Recently the EIA produced a map detailing the routes of the ivory trade. Not only, clearly revealing problem areas where enforcement needs tightening or reevaluating, this map also demonstrates the power and organization of crime groups bargaining in this trade.
To find out the real price of ivory and how valuable these creatures are to the world, check out Skin and Bones' post:
How much is an 10 tonne tusker worth?