Legal ivory trade in a corrupt world and its impact on African elephant populations

  title={Legal ivory trade in a corrupt world and its impact on African elephant populations},
  author={Elizabeth L. Bennett},
  journal={Conservation Biology},
  • E. Bennett
  • Published 1 February 2015
  • Economics
  • Conservation Biology
Illegal hunting of African elephants (Loxodonta africana) for ivory is causing rapid declines in their populations. Since 2007, illegal ivory trade has more than doubled. African elephants are facing the most serious conservation crisis since 1989, when international trade was banned. One solution proposed is establishment of a controlled legal trade in ivory. High prices for ivory mean that the incentives to obtain large quantities are high, but the quantity of tusks available for trade are… 

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