Contraband Elephant Ivory Burned

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Kenyan authorities have burned five tons of contraband elephant ivory in hopes of raising awareness about rising levels of poaching.
President Mwai Kibaki set fire to a six-foot-high pile of tusks at a wildlife service training center on Wednesday.
Save the Elephants founder Iain Douglas-Hamilton says poaching has increased dramatically in the last two years because of a rise in demand for ivory from China.
In addition to poaching, elephants are threatened by a growing human population encroaching on their habitat. Africa had 1.3 million elephants in the 1970s but today only 500,000 remain.
Kenya first burned an ivory stockpile in 1989 to focus attention on the alarming rate of poaching deaths.


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