Prices of illegal ivory in China drop, raising hopes in war on poaching

A Kenya Wildlife Service ranger stands near a burning pile of 15 tonnes of elephant ivory seized in Kenya at Nairobi National Park on March 3, 2015. PHOTO | CARL DE SOUZA |

What you need to know:

  • Kenya-based conservation organisation Save the Elephants said Monday that the price of illegal raw ivory in China had fallen to $1,100 (1,000 euros) per kilogramme, down from a record high last year of $2,100 (1,900 euros) per kilo.
  • Chinese celebrities have fronted advertising campaigns and in October Britain’s Prince William appealed to Chinese people to boycott ivory during a state visit to London by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
  • It is estimated that more than 30,000 elephants are killed for their tusks every year.
  • In October, an elderly Chinese woman dubbed the “Ivory Queen”, was arrested in Tanzania over links to $2.5 million (Sh5.4 billion) smuggled ivory, has been charged.

NAIROBI, Monday

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