Is Ivory Really Worth Elephants Being Slaughtered?

Welcome to the Modern Typewriter, a daily blog to discuss topics that can’t be answered easily, or are just some fun topics! Today is May 11th, 2008, I’m Victoria, and I am here to talk about a serious concern in Africa.

Elephants have tusks, I’m sure you know, but those tusks are worth a lot of money. They are made of ivory, which is a substance that is very well worth a lot of cash.

Africa’s National Park, Virunga, lately had 17 killings of elephants for the rare tusks. It is said that Congolese Army Forces or even local villagers are to blame for these murders.

The Army Forces were pressuring the park to let them exploit the ecosystem for the fundings of their military operations.

Ivory-trading has been banned since 1989, but hasn’t stopped poachers from illegally trespassing to kill the elephants for their tusks.

The demand for the ivory tusks have effected the elephant population increasingly. And it still is. The population of elephants in Virunga has dropped from 3,500 elephants in 1959 to 350 today.

But elephants are not the only victims. In October 2006, the Congolese militia was blamed for colossal hippo murder for the meat and ivory tusks.

And last May, a group of rebels held gorillas hostage to protect their stronghold inside the park.

Disregarding recent events, the gorilla population has grown in the park, so the situation is not entirely grim.

Remember, I’m Victoria, and this is the Modern Typewriter, OUT!

National Geographic News Article Regarding This Post

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