Our partners at Save The Elephants suggest that an estimated 100,000 elephants were killed for their ivory in Africa between 2010-2012. According to them, an elephant is poached every 15 minutes and, at this rate, they will be extinct in 10-15 years. In 2013 alone 35,000 African elephants were poached.
The illegal wildlife trade grosses $7-$10 billion annually and ivory can sell for $3,000 per pound in China where prices have tripled in the past three years. Throughout Asia two tusks of 33 lbs. can be worth up to $200,000. This illegal trade is fueling terrorist organizations in Africa and abroad; Al-Shabaab, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia, generated between $200,000 and $600,000 a month from tusks alone. The illegal ivory trade also funds Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army in Central Africa and Boko Haram in Nigeria.