Photo: taken at my zoo
Great news from the Save the Elephants foundation: ivory demand is dropping, especially in China. In fact, demand has steadily fallen in China the past three years. In 2014, ivory wholesale prices were just above $2000/kg. As of February 2017, that price had dropped considerably to $730/kg. At the time of the publication of the report, there were still 34 licensed factories that carved ivory in China, but all were ordered by the government to close this year. China remains the top user of ivory, but this downward trend is highly encouraging.
From the New York Times:
Tougher economic times, a sustained advocacy campaign and China’s apparent commitment to shutting down its domestic ivory trade this year were the drivers of the change, elephant experts said.