Ivory’s Ghosts: The White Gold of History and the Fate of Elephants

My quick review of the book “Ivory’s Ghosts: The White Gold of History and the Fate of Elephants” by John Frederick Walker:

It’s an in-depth look at ivory from Ancient Egypt up to modern times. He explains his point of view well (i.e. pro-culling and having a regulated ivory trade) but dismisses the other point of view (ivory ban) far too readily.  As we know elephants are fast on the path towards extinction; this book seems out of touch with the direness of the situation.

I give it three out of five stars. I think this book is worth reading for the historical background on the ivory trade.  I found the ivory trade’s close ties to human enslavement particularly sad and eye-opening.

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(Photo taken in Thailand)

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